City OKs pact with employee group

June 04, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a labor contract with an employee group, resulting in pay raises for about 150 employees.

The council was scheduled to approve the agreement last week but tabled the matter after representatives of the group requested a last-minute change, city officials said.

The proposed contract is with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1540, which represents about 150 city employees in the public works and water and sewer departments, along with other city employees.


The proposed agreement would run through June 30, 2004.

The union has been without a contract since July 2001. The city has abided by the terms of the existing contract pending agreement of the new pact.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, union members would receive wage adjustments totaling 2.5 percent retroactive to July 1, 2002, and 3.14 percent effective July 1, 2003.

The total cost of the contract for the current fiscal year is $149,839, city staff said. The total cost of the contract for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is $270,427, city staff said.

Last week, union negotiator James Bestpitch asked the city to specify that if another employee group received a better compensation package, then members of Local 1540 also would.

The council members voted to table the issue until Tuesday's meeting.

The motion approved Tuesday said that if any employee group receives a "total compensation package in excess of the AFSCME 1540 package, they will also receive the additional reimbursement."

"We are pleased to have this contract out of the way," Bestpitch said after the meeting.

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