Grays Harbor County commissioners cut five more jobs Monday after determining in negotiations with union representatives that possible concessions wouldn't be enough to overcome budget problems next year.
Commissioner Al Carter said the executive session meeting with the public works division of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees bargaining unit was a final attempt to find alternatives to layoffs.
“We discussed and negotiated out the whole thing,” he said. “The layoffs were inevitable.”
Three roads department jobs, one equipment-maintenance job and an administrative clerical position were cut, Carter said. The administrative clerk previously had been notified of a possible layoff; the others were notified Monday. The layoffs are effective at the end of the year.
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“It’s really hard,” Carter said. “Five people lost their jobs.”
As the county struggles with a massive drop in revenue, commissioners have now laid off 13 people across all departments. Also, three ORV Park employees were laid off in October.
The employees will be put on a possible recall list for rehiring if the budget turns around.
Commissioner Mike Wilson said the bargaining unit voted to take layoffs over union concessions.