Sonoma County Supes Approve Pay Raises

Sonoma County supervisors have just approved ample pay increases for their employees — a move the county acknowledges was a long time coming.

1,900 workers will see pay boosts between 10% and 14% over the next four years under the new labor contract approved Tuesday. It will cost the county $28 million.

The vote was 4-0 with Supervisor Shirlee Zane absent. It followed 9 years of sluggish wage growth. During that time, SEIU employee raises averaged 1% per year, according to the county’s HR director Christina Cramer.

“Labor peace is extremely important to us,” said Supervisor James Gore. The new contract “is a good deal, it’s a fair deal, it’s an affordable deal for the county.”