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Borough workers get 3.2 percent pay hike

January 11, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Most Borough of Chambersburg employees are receiving a 3.2 percent wage increase for 2000 after the Borough Council approved a union contract last week.

The Borough Council on Jan. 3 approved a five-year contract with the 68 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The AFSCME contract covers electrical, sewer and water, highway and other blue collar workers, according to Assistant Borough Manager David Finch.

Fifty-six administrative, clerical and other nonunion borough employees also will receive 3.2 percent increases this year, Finch said. Most AFSCME members will get 3.5 percent raises in both 2001 and 2002 and 3 percent in 2003 and 2004.

The borough operates its own electrical system and the AFSCME contract provides larger pay hikes for its six line workers. Finch said that was done to help retain those employees by making their wages more competitive.

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Line workers will get a 3.2 percent increase plus $1 an hour this year. That will be followed by 6.5 percent increases in each of the next two years and 6 percent increases in the final two years of the contract.

The borough has 172 employees. Finch said 18 paid firefighters have two years remaining on their contract.

Still at issue is the contract for the borough's 29 police officers. Finch said a three-member arbitration panel is to meet with police and borough representatives on March 16.

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