The Delaware County board met again with representatives of the sheriff’s department deputies and jailers – Matt Menard and Travis Hemesath – to further iron out details of a proposed switch over from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union membership to the Teamsters union.
Board member Jerry Ries told the deputies that the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) must be notified at the state and national levels should the union vote to join the Teamsters. AFSCME is part of the AFL-CIO.
Supervisor Shirley Helmrichs added that the county will need a copy of the termination letter from AFSCME as well, as a matter of protocol.
The board also told the deputies that going with a new union will technically require new negotiations, though both parties appeared interested in that process unfolding as smoothly as possible, preferably with a rolling of the language and terms of the current contract under AFSCME.
Helmrichs said the decision to abide by the agreed-upon terms and conditions of the current contract would ultimately fall on sheriff John LeClere.
Business was tabled pending further progress in the termination of the contract between the local union and AFSCME.
The current labor contract between the sheriff’s deputies and the county runs through June 30, 2015.