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May 25, 2010 10:01 PM by Ariel Wesler

County leaders reach deal with labor unions

Santa Barbara County leaders reached a deal with a few county labor groups to save millions of dollars and help balance the budget.

After months of discussion, the concessions by the unions total almost 10 million dollars. Workers have agreed to defer a 2.5 percent wage increase until June of next year.

"We've been fully aware of the issues facing us. Our community's aware of it. Our employees are aware of it, so we are all working together to make the necessary cuts and concessions to get to a balanced budget," said Board Chair Janet Wolf.

The unions represent about 2,200 of the county's 4,000 employees.

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