When new hires retire, they will get a smaller percentage paid out in their retirement checks than do current employees who retire. New hires will also have to wait longer to get those checks. Their retirement age has been moved to 60 from 55-and-a-half.
County CEO Steve Szalay says the six thousand employees represented by the 12 unions will not get a pay increase. That does not mean all of their jobs are safe..
"It always depends on the number of vacant positions. And what occurs during that time, so it's difficult to speculate. But I would say it is likely that there will be layoffs."
Szalay will release his budget in the next few weeks. He says the cost savings of new hires won't be felt by the county for 10-to14 years.
Sheriffs deputies and probation officers are not affected by these negotiations and will continue to get cost of living increases.