UNION COUNTY — Christmas got a little bit merrier for the employees of Union County after Union County Council voted Thursday to give them Christmas bonuses.
Meeting in special session Thursday afternoon, council voted unanimously to give Christmas bonuses to all full-time and permanently part-time employees actively working for the county as of Dec. 1.
The bonuses the employees receive will be based on the number of years they have been employed by the county.
Those employed five years or less will receive a $25 bonus while those who have been between five years and 10 years will receive a $50 bonus. Those employees who have been employed between 10 years and 15 years will receive a $75 bonus while those who have been employed more than 15 years will receive a $100 bonus.
Thursday’s meeting was chaired by Vice Chairman Councilman Tommy Ford who said he saw no reason not to give the employees a Christmas bonus, especially in light of the fact that they haven’t had a raise in recent years.
“We’ve been giving them a bonus every year and I don’t see any reason not to this year,” Ford said. “They haven’t had a raise in four or five years and their insurance is going up and their retirement is going up. I wish there was a way to give them a raise but we can’t. So I don’t see any reason to not give them the bonus.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.