They got some of the largest raises I think we’ve ever seen,” said MAPE Labor Relations Specialist Jerald James. “They did a wage survey – the City ordered it. They realized they were losing Employees because their rates of pay were not at market rate. There was an increase in shift premium. We got a lot of positive support from the Employer. They did adopt some of our recommendations on the grievance process and bereavement. Our members now have the right to select Comp Time in lieu of Overtime. This is beneficial to those members that have run out of Vacation Time that would wish to accrue more Vacation Time instead of the cash Overtime payment. There was also a significant increase in tuition reimbursement proposed by the Employer. From a max of $750 to a max of $3,000.”

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement ratified June 8, 2017, effective 7-1-17 to 6-30-21.
Wage Increases: A Gallagher Wage Survey was performed by the Employer to ensure Employees were receiving pay at market rates. The survey found Employees were underpaid so the Employer agreed to pay step increases in 3% increments. Members will receive a minimum of 12.5% increase up to 30% increase in wages depending on title.
3% step increase, plus 1.5% increase effective July 1, 2017.
3% step increase, plus 1.5% increase effective July 1, 2018.
3% step increase for those not at maximum pay effective July 1, 2019.
3% step increase for those not at maximum pay effective July 1, 2020.

Fringe Benefits:
•    Increase in Shift Premium from .35 cents to .50 cents per hour for afternoon and midnight shifts.
•    Tuition reimbursement increased from $750 to $3,000 annually.
•    Members can select Comp Time credit in lieu of Overtime, allowing them to accrue more time off instead of taking the cash overtime payment.
•    Bereavement language was modified to be consistent with the Civil Service Commission language including loss of  “step” relatives (in addition to stepchildren) including parents, siblings and legal guardians.
Health Insurance: Effective July 1, 2019, deductibles increase from $0 to $100 per individual/$200 family deductibles with 10% co-insurance after deductible and an $1,000 individual/$2,000 family maximum out of pocket. Prescription co-pays increase from $15/$30/$60 to $15/$50/$80 and ER visits from $50 to $100.
Retirement: Defined Contribution deductions will increase from 4% to 5% effective July 1, 2018.
Job classification: Employer attempted to remove 13 positions from group to Supervisors, Technicial, Professional group, but MAPE fought the move with a declaration to demand a Unit Clarification or the Union would file an Unfair Labor Practice complaint. The Employer backed away from their position during negotiations.
Bargaining Team: Labor Relations Specialist Jerald James with Local Union President Mark Moriarity, Vice President Nora Smith, Steward Jill Keith and Secretary/Treasurer Amy Mascarello.