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Employee group settles with El Dorado County

A settlement was formally reached between El Dorado County and its employee association on Tuesday after months of negotiations.

The El Dorado County Employees Association approved the agreement and awaits final endorsement from the Board of Supervisors next week.

Negotiators from the county and the employees association hammered out a deal that is beneficial to both sides, according to EDCEA Director Chuck Egbert.

“We think we’ve come up with a good proposal without creating an undue burden on county staff,” he said.

The union agreed to drop a lawsuit if the county agreed to notify the union about contracts before they appear on the board’s agenda. The suit, which was filed in October, claimed the county chose more expensive, outside contractors rather than hiring in-house employees.

Under the new agreement, an informational meeting will be held between representatives from EDCEA, the county’s Human Resources Department and the specific department that may bid for contracts worth more than $40,000. There will also be a two-week period for departments to consider and evaluate the contract. The union will also be able to submit any issues they feel are important to the board if they aren’t hired for the job.

Egbert said that the new compact will provide better communication between the two groups as well as give the association every opportunity to apply for bids.

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