The Dunkirk Common Council on Tuesday approved a three-year contract with the union representing about 90 non-uniformed employees.
No monetary details of the pact were made public Tuesday night. But Mayor Robert Kesicki said he will discuss the contract with Local 912, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, during a news conference Friday morning.
Kesicki, however, talked vaguely about the contract amid a backdrop of stark economic realities facing the community.
The contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2000, "allows management to exercise some rights. These are difficult financial times," Kesicki said. "The union has been patient for 1 1/2 years," he said.
"There will be no tax increase for 2000," the mayor added. "The city will be looking at the long-term finances. In 2002, NRG (the company that purchased the Niagara Mohawk steam station) will be looking for half the assessment. We are asking all four unions to cooperate."
Councilman at large Norman Nalepa voted against the contract.
"No numbers were shown? How will we pay for it? asked Nalepa, who noted he was adamantly opposed to a "no-layoff clause."
"This is the last of the four union contracts," First Ward Councilman Chet Kozlowski remarked. "I don't totally agree with the contract, but I do agree with the residency requirement and the control returned to management."
Fourth Ward Councilwoman Janet Jankowksi-George called the agreement "progress."
"We're moving in the right direction if the terms of the contracts are followed up and controls are to work," she said.
Third Ward Councilman Paul Van Den Vouver noted this was the first time a professional negotiator was called in, that previous contracts were negotiated by the mayor and Council.
"This is a fair contract . . ., he said
Union president Russ Tenamore called it a "workable contract."
"The union is willing to sit down and work with the city. We all can work together."
In other matters, the Council:
Issued a first-day-of-school reminder that the city has enacted a 15 mph speed limit in school zones.
Set a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on the raze-or-repair order issued by building inspector Allan Zurawski for 12 North Gazelle St. The owner, In Town Management Group of Hatboro, Pa., is appealing the order. neighborhood residents have been seeking the building's demolition for a couple of years. The Common Council will hear the owner's side and make a decision.
Learned from Randy Woodbury, director of Public Works, said the city parking lot on Lake Shore Drive East and Washington Avenue will be restriped.