Council expected to OK City Light union contract

July 28, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Hagerstown City Council members are expected to approve a new three-year contract tonight with union employees at City Light that includes pay increases, said the city's project coordinator.

The proposed contract with the 30 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 307, who work at City Light, would be retroactive to July 1, 1998, said City Light Manager Terry Weaver.

City and union officials negotiated for about three months on a new contract, Weaver said. The last three-year contract expired on June 30.

"I think it's a good contract for both the city and the union. We've always had good working relationships," Weaver said.


The proposed contract would expire on June 30, 2001, Weaver said.

Under the proposed contract, union members would receive a 5 percent raise this fiscal year, costing the city $48,262, said Austin Abraham, the city's project coordinator.

A 4 percent raise in the second year would cost the city $44,889 and another 4 percent raise in the contract's final year would cost $47,243, Abraham said.

The cost increases take into account two hours of standby pay on holidays that City Light employees are giving back, Abraham said.

City Light employees would get four hours of standby pay on holidays, compared with six hours before, according to a memo from City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

There are 12 holidays for which employees receive standby pay in case they are needed for emergency repairs, Weaver said.

According to the memo, other issues addressed in the proposed contract are:

- Union members who serve the city for 20 years would get a .5 percent raise in pay at that time.

- The employee share of dependent health insurance premiums goes up from 45 percent to 50 percent, retroactively to July 1, 1998.

The council is scheduled to vote on the contract during its 7 p.m. regular meeting in City Hall.

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