Following a negotiation session with a mediator from the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission on March 31st, 2011, a tentative agreement had been reached by the Juneau County Sheriff’s Deputies Union and the negotiating committee. On Tuesday morning, the Juneau County board ratified the new 3-year contract. The agreement had already been ratified by the Deputies Union members, and the negotiating committee unanimously recommended ratification by the board, which it did on an 18 to 3 vote, with supervisors Mike Kelley, Jerry Niles, and Ed Wafle voting “no”. According to Corporate Counsel David Lasker, “the deputies’ contract is more favorable to the county than the previous agreement ratified by the board last month but rejected by the Deputies’ Union, but less favorable than the three county employee AFSCME contracts because the Wisconsin Professional Police Association is not affected by the governor’s budget repair bill. The new Juneau County deputies agreement is a 3-year contract instead of two. The 12 furlough days per deputy that have been agreed to may be taken during 2011, 2012, and 2013, but no more than six in any given year and the deputies may use their comp time. Starting July 1st, 2011, the deputies shall pay 2-percent of the employee’s contribution to the Wisconsin Retirement System, and beginning July 1st, 2012 and thereafter the deputies shall pay 4-percent of their pension contributions. Currently, the deputies pay none of the 5.8-percent employee contribution, all of which has been paid by the county. In addition to the 1-percent pay raise on July 1st, 2011, another 1-percent pay raise on January 1st, 2012, and a 3rd pay raise of 1-percent on July 1st, 2012, the new 3-year contract also provides for a 2-percent pay raise on January 1st, 2013 and a 1-percent pay raise on July 1st, 2013.” According to Lasker, “The financial benefits to the county from furlough days and the new employee contributions to the Wisconsin Retirement system substantially exceed the cost of the pay raises.”