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Contracts!

Contracts for your review. The links below are to PDF versions and they will take a moment to download or open. If you just want to see the short list of changes then click on the Fact sheet link for your particular contract.

Your steward should have a hard copy available for review on Friday and they will also be available at the Union Hall.

We are scheduling a vote on next Tuesday, February 4th, to ratify these contracts. More information on that will be posted shortly.

The Contracts:

General

General Contract Fact Sheet

General Contract

Strike-through Version

This version includes the markup of all changes. 

 

Professional

Professional Fact Sheet

Professional Contract

Strike-Through Version
This version includes the markup of all changes. 

 

Supervisory

Supervisory Fact Sheet

Supervisory Contract

Strike-Through Version
This version includes the markup of all changes. 

 

 

Edited – links are fixed and go to correct contracts.

Proposed Contract – Update

“Where’s the contract?”

Indeed…. where is the contract?

The back and forth of the process of ‘finalizing’ the contract is stalled on the City’s side for the moment. Now that the holidays have passed the process should be back on track, at least that is what we are being told.

There are still some things to schedule, and still some things to review, but the tentative plan is to have the contract ready for review later this week, the ratification vote by the members in about two weeks, and the ratification vote by the Commission and Pension Board by the end of the month.

We’ll update everyone as we get more information here and through the Stewards.

Contract Negotiations – City’s Latest….

The City has presented a summary of their latest proposal (attached below) to AFSCME. It covers all three Units and our summary of their summary is this:

The Good:

  • 7 % wage restoration over 2 years (4.5% to Enterprise).
  • Longevity raises at 10, 15, and 20 years. If you missed your longevity during the F.U., you will get it now going forward.
  • 2.5% Merit increase for everyone not maxed out in the second year of the contract (2015). While technically that isn’t a merit, it’s still good for us.
  • Employee Pension Contribution going down to 8%.
  • Tuition Reimbursement returns (maximum return of $1,800 annually).
  • Improved Benefits for Part Timers (see attached).

 

The Bad:

  • Wage restoration still does not equal what was lost during F.U.
  • “Salary Survey” may result in more wage freezes or possibly wage cuts.
  • No Merit Increases. That means no raises until you hit a longevity date.
  • Probationary period for all new hires or promotions is one year. This applies to all full and part-time employees.
  • Pension benefits being reduced to 2.5% multiplier for everyone. The Police and Fire both got 3% or better.
  • No Cola in the pension plan. Ever.
  • If you bump down in pay grade and your  pay drops to the lower level. This is an attempt by management to get rid of bumping rights.
  • Assignment pay does take effect until 40 hours (now 4). You cover the shift for 4 days, Bob over there will cover the fifth, none of you get assignment pay.
  • (more…)

We don’t want to….

Today’s spotlight comment from the negotiations was Management saying “We don’t want to pay more to the employees.”

 

2:30 – Update

We’re in a side-bar caucus at the request of Management.

So far its an interesting meeting:

  • Cathy made it to this meeting, which is her first.
  • The City’s proposal is actually worse than the last meeting.

 

3:00 – Update

Sneaky…. They are trying to get rid of bumping and hoping we don’t notice.

 

3:15 – Update

No merits. Just a one-time merit for anyone who isn’t already maxed out. Just once, not a repeating thing. Doesn’t matter how good a job you do, no raise for you. No more pay for performance.

 

3:30 – Update

Back from side-bar. Cathy didn’t make it back.

No change to the recall process, if you don’t accept recall you get cut (grade AND pay) to the lower grade.

Done for now.

Thank you to everyone who made it out for today’s meeting. Having an audience was really great considering this is the first time the City Manager has bothered to join us.

Contract Negotations

Lets see if the City actually has information, and people, for this meeting. Maybe, just maybe, we can get the deal made….

Contract Negotiations, all three CBA’s.

Monday, November 4th, 1:30 pm

City Hall, Room 215

This meeting will include all three bargaining units, General, Professional, and Supervisory.

We have our numbers, maybe this time the City will actually have theirs. And  we asked Mr Cassidy to send Mrs Swanson-Rivenbark a work release so she can join us too.

And wear your green!

Merit

mer·it (ˈmerit), noun

1. the quality of being particularly good or worthy, esp. so as to deserve praise or reward.

synonyms: excellence, quality, caliber, worth

The City used to have a system of Merit  in the pay scales. The better you do at your job the more you get paid. It would seem that mediocrity is the new standard our leaders are aiming for because they no longer want a merit based pay scale.

 

Join us at tonight’s regular monthly meeting and share your opinion…. is a Merit System important to you? Or is a simple raise every two years regardless of performance a better idea?