Late this afternoon Arbitrator Howell Lankford issued his interest arbitration decision for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections. 

We are still in the process of analyzing the award, but here is our initial assessment.  The arbitrator has called for a 5.5% wage increase in the first year of the 2015-2017 biennium and a 4.3% increase in year two. The award also maintains the current 1.3% premium above the general government salary schedule.

At 9.8% over a two-year contract, the interest arbitration award gives you the highest general wage rate increase of all general government employees.

In addition, the arbitrator has awarded the following:

  • LPN weekend shift differential;
  • An increase from $25 per day to $50 per day for overtime exempt employees on call;
  • A 2.5% increase for sergeants;
  • Changes in salary range for the following classifications:  Electronics Technician, Electronics Technician 4, Electronic Technician Supervisors, Correctional Records Technicians 1 and 2, Correctional Records Supervisor, Corrections and Custody Officer 3 (see page 31 of the award).

The award also “tentatively eliminates location pay” but gives the employer the discretion to retain it provided that the Department exercises that discretion in a non-arbitrary way (see page 24 of the award).  In short, the DOC can choose to retain or eliminate the current location pay premium for DOC employees.

Your Union’s legal team is still in the process of analyzing all other elements of the award. We will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available.

The arbitrator’s complete award can be viewed here.

Thank you for everything you do to keep our communities safe.