The wage freeze members voted in for Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010) has saved nearly 100 jobs and the County services that they provide, but it has been difficult financially for many members. This freeze will end on July 1, 2010. Effective July 1, 2010, all Local 88 represented employees will be receiving a 2% COLA increase, which is the minimum COLA guaranteed by our contract. The COLA each year is adjusted based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W), and this index came in at 0.7% this year, but since we have a minimum COLA of 2%, we will be receiving 2%. Also effective July 1, 2010, step increases will resume, so each of you who are eligible for a step increase will receive your step increase now on your next county anniversary date after July 1, 2010.