Lewis and Clark County reaches deal with sheriff’s employee union

Nolan Lister

The Lewis and Clark County Board of County Commissioners has approved an agreement extending donated sick leave to detention center officers.

The memorandum of agreement between the commission and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Employees’ Association establishes eligibility for officers working in the county jail to use donated pool hours.

The union has called for workers’ compensation benefits for detention officers since those employees were folded into the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association about a decade ago.

The two parties struck a collective bargaining agreement that went into effect July 1 and expires June 30, 2023. The agreement did not include workers’ compensation for detention officers, but instead formed a committee of both sworn and non-sworn members of the union and county staff.

Lewis and Clark County Detention Center in 2021

Independent Record photo

A self-imposed deadline to come up with an agreement came and went, but both parties continued negotiations, eventually landing on this stop-gap measure.

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