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Commissioners approve new pay plan

Yakima County commissioners took the steps necessary last week to adopt the 2005-2006 pay plan for county employees not represented by a union.

Judy Gilpin, Yakima County human resource manager, said the pay plan does not include an across the board raise for these employees. Instead, it incorporates several new wage steps into the pay plan. She noted that the new steps are mostly at the management level.

Gilpin explained that before the new pay plan was adopted there were only four management level wage steps. She said it had gotten to the point that the county didn't have the number of management wage steps necessary to account for all of its different management level jobs. Gilpin said in an organization as large as the county, where the managers are all taking on different duties and responsibilities, more wage steps were needed.

Gilpin said the newly adopted pay plan also ushers in the end of the wage freeze in the county, which was in place in 2003-2004. She said this year employees who fall under the pay plan will advance to the next wage step on their anniversary dates. She said there is, on average, about a 3 percent difference between wage steps in the pay plan.

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