BROOKSVILLE Teamsters Local 79 members Thursday night ratified a new contract which now goes to county commissioners for approval.
Union steward Dan Oliver called it a “good contract” and, even though there were no salary hikes, there is a re-opener in the pact that can be considered later.
About 100 of the 400 Teamsters members voted. Oliver called it a good turnout, considering it was an after-hours vote.
Oliver said the new contract was approved by 98 percent of the nonprofessional unit members and 100 percent of the professional unit.
“Everyone seemed very happy,” he said.
The issue of employee seniority remained the biggest sticking point right up to the end of negotiations, he said.
Specifically, the question revolved around how seniority was factored in when making hiring or firing decisions.
Said Administrative Services Director Cheryl Marsden: “It has been a very long process but I am very pleased that we were able to come to an amicable agreement.”
Union members have been functioning under a contract that expired Sept. 30, 2011. The new contract, which affects about 400 Hernando County employees under the board of county commissioners, will expire Sept. 30, 2014.