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City approves City Light contract

July 30, 1998

Hagerstown City Council members approved a three-year contract with City Light workers on Tuesday night.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 307, who work at City Light, voted 19 to 4 earlier this month to approve the contract, said John Renner, the union's unit chairman.

"I think it's fair to the city and the union," Renner said before the City Council's regular session on Tuesday night.

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

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

The cost increases reflect savings for the city from union members giving back two of six hours of standby pay they receive on holidays, officials said.

The contract is retroactive to July 1, 1998, and expires on June 30, 2001, City Light Manager Terry Weaver has said.

The union has 30 members at City Light, including line workers, meter readers, clerical workers, stock room operators, building maintenance workers and drafting personnel, Renner said.

Council members Susan Saum-Wicklein, William M. Breichner, Lewis C. Metzner and J. Wallace McClure voted for the contract. Councilman Alfred W. Boyer was absent.

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