Landkreis used a rigorous database approach when negotiating the contract. Detailed five-year financial forecasts have been prepared to assess the viability of the compensation increases. In preparation for and during the negotiations, the Landkreis examined economic forecasts and indicators such as inflation and wage growth rates at national and regional level and carried out a market study for total remuneration, in which 11 comparable public employers participated. The affordability of health care has been at the centre of discussions throughout the negotiations. The increases and levels of health contributions by the agreement will help stabilize and maintain health care costs for county staff for the duration of the contract. The new three-year agreement with the union provides that negotiations for a successor agreement to the 2016-2019 Memorandum of Understanding between SEIU Local 721 and Ventura County began on September 16, 2019. The data nature of the negotiations was an important factor in the parties reaching an agreement on Thursday, 21 November 2019, after only 12 meetings. SEIU`s membership is the largest of the 11 unions representing employees in the county. “The County Executive Board enjoyed working productively with SEIU`s leadership and bargaining team members to secure the new agreement to provide employees represented by SEIU with higher salaries and improved performance that are competitive in the region and enable sustainability for the county`s economic future,” said Mike Powers, the county`s chief executive officer.
“Our people are our greatest asset and the county looks forward to moving forward after the ratification and approval of the agreement, while continuing its work to serve the people of Ventura County.” IUOE – International Union of Operating Engineers CJAAVC – Criminal Justice Attorneys Association of Ventura County Tags: Service Employees International Union Local 721 Ventura County VCPFA – Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association Management/Confidential Clerical/Unrepresented Others IHSS – In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority. .