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A recently approved three-year bargaining agreement with the city's 85 nonuniformed employees contains salary increases in the second and third years, but will not raise taxes.

During a news conference Friday morning, Mayor Robert Kesicki released details of the pact, which was ratified by the union last week and by the Common Council Tuesday.

The new agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2000.

Employees will receive a $750 bonus for 1998, which will not factor into their base pay. For 1999, employees will receive a 2 percent pay increase and in 2000, 2 percent or the urban consumer price index, whichever is greater, to a maximum of 3.5 percent.

For the first time, the city hired a professional negotiator.

Kesicki also said the city is negotiating with American Anglian Co. of New Jersey about managing the wastewater treatment plant. Under the agreement, the city would continue to own the plant and set the rates, but the company would manage it.

The city also would continue to own the sewage system. No written proposals have been made since company officials toured the plant Wednesday and Thursday. A written proposal is expected next week.

Kesicki has said American Anglian suggested an estimated $500,000 could be saved under the arrangement. Also, the company has said 13 people could operate the plant instead of the current 18.

The new agreement continues the "no layoff" provisions of the previous agreement. The mayor said Friday morning the five positions affected would be part of this bargaining unit.

The city and the union have met for "impact bargaining" on the American Anglian deal.

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