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City Hallways (March 20) The morning after the big parade

Yesterday and today

Like thousands of others, I stopped by the St. Patrick's Day parade Sunday, amid a sea of green and young people openly drinking Guinness and Bud Light on the sidewalks, the street curbs and in the Metro Rail cars.

(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

I stopped back this morning, at one of the centers of all the fun: Delaware at Chippewa.

It was all cleaned up.

Labor beat

The city negotiated retiree health coverage for future employees out of another union contract.

This time it's the Operating Engineers, Local 17. That's people like boiler inspectors and pumping plant engineers. They've been working with an expired contract since 2013.

They are getting a 14.9 percent raise over seven years, through 2019, with retroactive pay back to 2013.

In return, the union agreed – as did the city's blue-and-white collar unions in their past contract settlements – to forgo retiree health care for new employees.

The city also got the right to implement a timekeeping system for Local 17 members. The union has 32 budgeted positions.

Some coming mayoral appointments

  • Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium Board: Otis Barker, Brett Benderson, Kevin Eberle, Daniel Robertson, JoAnn Wiley, Nekia Kemp, Kenneth Simmons, Cedric Holloway.
  • Arts Commission: Gretchan Grobe, who is senior guest representative at Albright Knox Art Gallery.
  • Commission on Citizens Rights and  Community Relations: Gary Wilson, who is Erie County's deputy director of Labor Relations.

Today's calendar items

  • Council caucus this afternoon to get ready for tomorrow's Council meeting.

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