After 17 months of negotiating, county welfare office workers close to new contract

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After nearly a year-and-a-half of contract negotiations, Hudson County employees of the division of welfare appear close to agreeing on a new contract with close to a 12% pay increase over a five-year period.

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Hudson County Administrator Abe Antun said the tentative contract agreed upon by the county calls for a retroactive pay increase of two percent for July 1, 2014, another two percent increase in 2015, a 2.5 percent pay bump in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and finally, a 2.75 percent increase in 2018.

The total pay raise comes out to a 11.75 percent increase for the welfare office workers over a five-year period.

Hudson County View exclusively reported on the contract dispute back in April.

Patrick Sheil, the Hudson County Director of Labor Relations said the superior members of the union will vote on the contract on Thursday, while the rank and file members of the union will vote on Friday.

Given that fact, District 2 Freeholder Bill O’Dea urged the board not to vote on the matter until after the union agreed upon the terms of the contract.

The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders agreed with O’Dea and decided not to take action on the resolution until their next meeting.