City worker contract gets finance committee advance approval

The city employees union workers are closer to a three-year contract now that City Council’s finance committee gave the agreement a positive recommendation Wednesday.

Councilman Randall J. Allison and Councilwoman Bonnie Katz reviewed the proposed contract that calls for a 2.5 percent salary increase for employees per year and contributions to health insurance that are consistent with certain other city workers.

The resolution for collective bargaining agreement for city office and employees with Local 2674 may be approved by council with the positive recommendation, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.

Besides the salary increase guarantees, the agreement includes important health care contributions, helping the city’s bottom line cost on insurance, Megan Dayhoff, city human resources director, said.

The agreement also proposed a new health and safety committee to help improve employee lifestyle and morale.

The committee also gave positive recommendations to:

• Approve a tax and revenue anticipation note for this $2 million set at 2.5 percent until city taxes start to show up at the treasurer office in the spring.

• Set insurance needs for the year with broker Gallagher able to get pricing in place through Travelers, with an expected savings of $100,000 to $115,000.

• Accept a $8,281 “TreeVitalize” grant awarded by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to replant trees in April.