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March 28, 2014

Arbitration reached between Sibley County, sheriff's office

Arbitrator rules for county on merit pay

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Finally, the county noted the AFSCME highway unit in Sibley County had settled for the county's terms.

Other disagreements dealt with compensation time and overtime pay for investigators.

For compensation time, the union sought the maximum limit of 120 hours per year with an increase maximum carry-over amount of 84 hours. The union argued the change would allow public safety employees to take much needed time off of their stressful jobs.

The county argued for a maximum of 84 hours per year with a maximum carry-over of 60 hours. The county argued the union's request would create scheduling difficulties.

For overtime pay for the county's investigators, the union argued that all other public safety employees were paid overtime when they exceeded their 12 hour shifts while the county's two investigators were only paid when they exceeded 40 hours per week. The county opposed any changes.

The arbitration process was settled in support of the county on both issues.

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