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Updated: 01/18/2014 02:29:42PM

County offers union raises

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Teamsters members Corey Roe, left, and Tim Stocksdale carry signs supporting union efforts for a new contract with Sarasota County, in front of the County Admininstration Center prior to Wednesday night's hearing in Sarasota. About 20 of the more than 150 in attendance took part in the peaceful protest.


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SARASOTA COUNTY — Single mother Laura Kroll brought her 16-year-old son Jacob to the lectern to show him the elected officials responsible for refusing her a raise in five years.

The eight-year Sarasota County Mosquito Control employee spoke during the two-and-a-half-hour union hearing between county commissioners and the Teamsters Local 173 union Wednesday night. She questioned commissioners about why there were brand-new Toyota work trucks and new furniture in the lobby of the Mosquito Control office, why a new library was being built, and millions of dollars were being spent on Siesta Key beach bathrooms and other improvements, yet there was no money for Teamsters members’ raises.

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