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Nei­ther do about 95 uni­formed su­per­vi­sors and com­mand of­fi­cers in the county sher­iff ’s of­fice rep­re­sented by AFSCME Lo­cal 3317.

Two years ago, the county was un­der a con­sent agree­ment with the state and Evans had been granted the pow­ers of an emer­gency man­ager. That year, when the county was ne­go­ti­at­ing la­bor agree­ments with its unions, it reached deals with all but one — Lo­cal 3317.

Un­der the con­sent agree­ment, Evans was able to im­pose con­tract terms on the lo­cal. The union un­suc­cess­fully chal­lenged the move in court.

A few of the com­mis­sion­ers ques­tioned the union’s ex­clu­sion.

“I think the ex­clu­sion of (Lo­cal) 3317 is mean-spir­ited,” said Com­mis­sioner Diane Webb, DLivo­nia. “But I’ve felt that way about the whole thing (with 3317) from the be­gin­ning.”

Of­fi­cials said the county can’t legally give the union the stipend be­cause it never ham­mered out a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment. The county has bar­gain­ing agree­ments with its 11 other unions.

As a re­sult, the county has no author­ity to pay the stipend to Lo­cal 3317 un­less county em­ploy­ment terms un­der the con­sent agree­ment are amended or the union signs a Mem­o­ran­dum of

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