City Workers Get 2 Percent Pay Hike, Give Back on Pensions

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 08/16/2012 - 20:38

 

City of Saline workers represented by the Teamsters Local 214 voted to approve a one-year deal with the city.

Saline City Council will vote on the contract Monday night following a closed session meeting.

According to a memo from city manager Todd Campbell to Mayor Gretchen Driskell and city council, union members voted  Aug. 15 to approve the deal by a 10-8 vote. The union represents DPW workers and employees at the Saline Rec Center.

The deal increases pay by two percent and lifts the freeze on step and longevity increases.

Workers will also contribute toward premiums in accordance with new state laws. Last year, city council adopted a hard cap option for city employees, meaning the city will pay $5,500 for single coverage, $11,000 for two-person coverage and $15,000 for family coverage. Costs exceeding those caps will be paid by employees.

Workers will pay three percent of their pre-tax wage into their MERS retirement plan. No life insurance will be provided for employees who retire Jan. 1, 2013 or later. Part-time workers may voluntarily contribute to a pension plan without a city match.

The deal also includes changes to vacation scheduling, and family leave.

A tentative deal was reached between the city and union after negotiations were held in May, June and July.

 

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