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Dane County, largest employee union reach 2016 contract deal

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County and its largest employee union have a deal for a new contract for 2016.

The Dane County Executive's Office says the agreement includes a focus on workplace diversity, a modest wage increase for workers and will help control the county's long-term health insurance premium costs.

The raise will be 22 cents an hour, paid for in part by savings the county will receive from changes in the employees' health insurance plans. The county and its workers can revisit additional wage adjustments in August of 2015.

The agreement includes the creation of a joint labor/management committee to recruit and retain more minority employees in the county's workforce.

“Dane County’s employees work hard to deliver critical services to our residents every day – from keeping our communities safe to taking care of the most vulnerable among us,” said County Executive Joe Parisi. “We are proud to partner with them once again and provide an example of how collective bargaining works in Dane County.”

“The vast majority of Dane County citizens support collective bargaining and quality public services. This agreement shows the wisdom of working together and honors Dane County values,” said Shannon Maier, president of the joint council of AFSCME locals 705 and 720.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the Dane County Board.

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