CONTRACT

“They are considered exempt Employees, so they had an increase in Comp Time from 125 to 150 hours,” said MAPE Labor Relations Specialist Joe O’Connor. “They get $1,000 a year stipend for having a master’s degree. They didn’t have that before. We have some Letters of Understanding … If anybody gets a better health care plan, they can get that as well. The technical director and purchasing manager will get more Comp Time because they get hung up with the elections, and with three elections this year, they should be compensated for them.”

“Getting raises back up to 9 percent over four years was an improvement,” said Local Union President Steve Deon. “We understand some of the financial challenges we face as a city, so obviously we have to take that into account when we look at these things. This last contract was a three-year. We are doing a four-year this time. There are several increases in there. The Comp Time is up, master’s degree stipend, the education reimbursement. Overall, we think it’s a fair deal for all sides.”

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement ratified June 12, 2018 and effective from 7-1-18 to 6-30-22.
Wage Increases:
2.5% increase effective July 1, 2018.
2% increase effective July 1, 2019.
2% increase effective July 1, 2020.
2.5% increase effective July 1, 2021.

Fringe Benefits:
• Comp Time increased from 125 to 150 hours annually.
• Employees will be paid $1,000 a year stipend for having a master’s degree.
• Educational reimbursement increases from $2,000 to $3,000 annually for undergraduates and $3,000 to $4,000 for graduate students.
Health Insurance: Changed to Simply Blue High Deductible plan with $2,000 deductible for singles and $4,000 for two persons or family. Employer to offset costs by contributing $1,200 for singles and $2,400 for two persons or families to their Health Savings Account (HSA). No premium sharing for first two years of contract. After Jan. 1, 2021 Employees pay 5 percent toward their premium, and 10 percent of premium after Jan. 1, 2022.
Retirement Benefits: Employer increases the annual contribution to retiree health savings plan from $1,000 to $1,500.
Bargaining Team: MAPE Labor Relations Specialist Joe O’Connor and Local Union President Steve Deon, Secretary Mike Viazanko and Vice President Kyle Langlois.