County board approves $145 million contract with deputies’ union

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors signed off on a $145 million collective bargaining agreement with the union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, though several board members expressed qualms about the salary hikes loaded into the five-year compact. The agreement, approved on a 4-1 vote, was reached following numerous bargaining sessions between Department of Human Resources officials and representatives from the Riverside Sheriffs Association, on which the board unilaterally imposed terms and conditions in October 2017 following a year of failed negotiations. At the time, several cities that contract with the sheriff’s department for law enforcement services were complaining of public safety expenses swallowing disproportionately large portions of their ann
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