New agreements between Kane County officials and two unions will add about $235,000 to the 2014 budget if approved by the full board.
The contracts bring the county closer to knowing the exact current and future budget impacts for the salaries and benefits for members of its 11 unions.
Uncertainty about the outcome of all those union contracts fuel concern for some board members about raises county board Chairman Chris Lauzen pitched for the highest-level nonunion employees in recent weeks. Those raises will come for a vote before the full county board next month. So will two union agreements unveiled Wednesday.
The first agreement involves employees in the county clerk's office, circuit court clerk's office and health department who are members of the AFSCME union. The full length and terms of the agreement were not disclosed in a memo released Wednesday.
But the 2014 budget impact will be just shy of $162,000 for salary and benefit increases. Members of the county's negotiation team have said their goal has been to make raises between union and nonunion employees equal. That would mean average raises of 2 percent for 2014.
The second agreement pertains to the county's court security officers who are members of the Policeman's Benevolent Labor Committee union. Full details also were not included in the memo released about the deal Wednesday. The 2014 budget impact will be about $73,000 for salary and benefit increases.
If approved by the full board, the budget increases will be funded by a mix of special revenue funds in the circuit court clerk's office, contingency money in the 2014 budget and health insurance plan savings realized by the county converting to a self-funded program this year.