Jackson Co. rescinds most layoffs

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MEDFORD, Ore. — After receiving notices that their jobs might be eliminated, employees in Jackson County may no longer need to worry.

County officials say they are rescinding most and perhaps all of the layoff notices sent to Sheriff’s Department employees last month.

The county and the bargaining unit representing sheriff’s employees were in a wage dispute that went to binding arbitration. On Friday, the arbitrator sided with the county.

The Mail Tribune newspaper reports that the county’s accepted offer contains no salary increases for 2011 and 2012, with a 2013 salary increase of up to 2 percent based on the consumer price index.

By avoiding the salary increases, the county that includes Medford and Ashland will not have to fire the 66 workers who got layoff notices.