Rockingham commissioners approve pay raises for county workers in new contracts
The contracts will require employees to pick up the additional cost for health insurance through Northern New England Benefit Trust if increases exceed 7 percent, Young said.
The county is still actively negotiating with four other bargaining units that represent corrections officers, sheriff's deputies, sheriff's supervisors and dispatchers, Pratt said.
In some cases, employees have been working under contracts that expired several years ago.
"We're optimistic about where we're at at this point with the corrections officers. Things have moved along and we've been doing some negotiating. We'll see if we can get some more movement in the near future," said Steve Church, superintendent of the Rockingham County jail.
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