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County grants COLAs to two groups of workers

PENDLETON, Oregon – The days of no cost of living adjustments in Umatilla County government are in the rear view mirror. Umatilla County Board of Commissioners Chairman George Murdock says the county has granted a 3.5 percent increase for exempt employees, and is increasing their longevity incentives from 20 to 25 years.

“We have  a lot less employees than we used to have,” Murdock said. “We ask a lot of them, and I think it’s appropriate to award them for the good work they’re doing.”

The county has also reached a three-year agreement with courthouse employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees local.

“We ratified the contract with the courthouse employees, and we’re happy to have those negotiations behind us,” Murdock said.

The AFSCME members will receive a 3.5 COLA in the first year of the agreement, and three percent in each of the two remaining years.

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