WALKER -- The Cass County Board will hold its first regular meeting of May at 4 p.m. May 7 at Leader Town Hall.
Following general county business, the board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on the private land portion of the proposed revised county comprehensive plan.
The Cass board has scheduled a meeting with the Leech Lake Tribal Council for 1 p.m. May 2 at the public meeting room in the Health and Human Services Building in Walker.
The board will hold a closed meeting at 9 a.m. April 24 in the courthouse meeting room with the board's consulting attorney, Tom Fitzpatrick of Brainerd, and Health and Human Services supervisory personnel to consider strategy for labor negotiations and to discuss a contingency plan in the event employees in that department carry out their preliminary vote to strike.
Supervisors would keep the Health and Human Services Department operating if there was a strike, said County Administrator Robert Yochum.
A final mediation session is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 24. Yochum said it will be the option of the mediator whether that meeting is open to the public or closed.
Following the mediation session, Yochum said, the mediator can declare an agreement or an impasse April 25.
If an impasse is declared, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, representing employees in that department, can file an intent to strike anytime thereafter, Yochum told the board Tuesday.
Once such a declaration is made, a 10-day cooling off period follows. The union can set any date after that to begin a strike, he said, putting the earliest possible strike date into the first week in May.
Issues remaining to be settled between AFSCME and the county include wages, insurance, job posting and flex time.
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