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Chambersburg's highway, streets and utility crew workers OK wage freeze

December 12, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Borough of Chambersburg’s highway, streets and utility crew workers have agreed to a wage freeze for 2013, while negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement continue, according to a news release from the municipality.

They are the third group of borough workers to have a wage freeze — uniformed members of the Chambersburg Police Department had a year with no wage increase in 2011 and non-bargaining employees like secretaries and managers had no increase in 2012, the news release stated.

All three employee groups also contribute to their health insurance premiums, with both the police and non-bargaining workers now also contributing to pension expenses, the news release stated.

On Monday, the Chambersburg Borough Council approved a one-year  agreement with AFSCME Local 246, which represents the municipality’s highway, streets and utility crew workers.

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At the same meeting, the Town Council approved the first increase in wages for non-bargaining employees since their wage freeze in January 2011. The clerical, technical and management employees, who are not represented by a union, received a 3.5 percent increase in wages offset by a 2 percent additional contribution to their pension plan.

A fourth group of employees, firefighters represented by IAFF Local 1813, are entering their second year without a labor agreement. It is anticipated that a state-imposed arbitration award will be issued for these employees in the spring, the news release stated.

— Jennifer Fitch

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