New Castle County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3109 have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract that increases employee contributions toward their benefits.


New Castle County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3109 have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract that increases employee contributions toward their benefits.

The concessions amount to a 2.5 percent reduction in employee costs that County Executive Paul Clark has sought from employees in order to balance the budget without any layoffs.

Contract negotiations with the other six union locals who represent county employees are ongoing, , interim county spokesman C.R. McLeod said.

The contract with AFSCME Local 3109 is retroactively effective April 1, 2011, and will expire on March 31, 2013, he said.

“The men and women of AFSCME Local 3109 provide valued services to our residents, and I am pleased we have reached an agreement that preserves these services and provides needed personnel cost savings, Clark said. "I greatly appreciate the efforts of the members of my administration and the leadership of Local 3109 in working together to reach this agreement.

"I’m also deeply grateful that our employees understand the need for, and are willing to help with, shared sacrifice in these difficult fiscal times,” he said.

The terms of the contract include an increased monthly employee contribution towards healthcare, a no layoff provision, and the implementation of a new multi-tier retiree healthcare benefit and 20 year pay plan for future employees. The county will save $180,000 annually, an amount equivalent to approximately 2.5% of each employee’s pay.

AFSCME Local 3109 represents approximately 110 managers and administrators. 

The pay and benefits structure of more than 80 percent of the county workforce is negotiated by collective bargaining units.