Buffalo County is getting ready to switch from union labor contracts to a county board managed personnel policy manual with an employee grievance procedure.
The county's Human Services Committee continues to make changes and corrections in an employee policy draft recently distributed to county board supervisors for review. The county board plans to adopt a final draft in late January and prepare to implement new labor rules pending outcome of Wisconsin law on public employee collective bargaining.
Four of five county employee union agreements in Buffalo County expired Jan. 1, the exception a contract with sheriff's department employees exempt from a controversial state measure that ended bargaining for other public employees and remains locked in legal battles.
A proposed 46 page employee manual still in draft form was going to be distributed to Buffalo County department managers in advance of a meeting with them Jan. 11 to go over policy provisions and consider changes recommended by employees.