Naperville approves 3 union contracts, but 4th delayed by weather

 
 
Posted12/21/2016 5:30 AM

Naperville city council members approved contracts with three employee unions Tuesday night, but a fourth pact is going to take longer because of an unlikely factor -- the weather.

The council inked deals with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 196, the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, which collectively represent about 65 city employees in the police, public works and water/wastewater departments.

 

But a deal with six public works employees represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers Field Supervisors Local 150 had to be delayed because union members have not yet ratified the agreement, Public Works Director Dick Dublinski said.

"They were supposed to vote on Monday," but about half the members were unavailable, he said. "Because of the snow removal, they were out."

Public works crews have spent the better part of the past three weekends plowing snow, and council members praised their success at quickly clearing streets.

But the extra hours field supervisors worked meant too few of them were available at one time to vote on the proposed contract before Tuesday's city council meeting, Dublinski said. The council's next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17.

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The three contracts the council was able to approve last until Dec. 31, 2020. They affect the compensation of roughly 40 water and wastewater operators, five police detention officers and 21 public works fleet services employees.

The water and wastewater operators and the police detention officers will see a 2.5 percent raise retroactive to May 1, 2016, then 2.25 percent raises Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018, and 2 percent raises Jan. 1, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020.

The public works fleet services employees are scheduled for a 2 percent raise retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016, then 2.25 percent raises Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018, followed by 2.5 percent raises Jan. 1, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020. Automotive and equipment technicians, including lead technicians, also will be eligible for merit-based pay on a new scale added to the contract.

If the public works field supervisors and the city council vote on the last of the four contracts as it stands now, the supervisors will be eligible for a 1.33 percent raise retroactive to May 1, 2016, 2.25 percent raises Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018, and 2.5 percent raises Jan. 1, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020.

Up to three of them also will be able to take early retirement if they retire during 2017. The incentive would include paid health insurance throughout all of 2017. The city estimates it can pay for the extended health insurance with savings from the difference in salary between an experienced field supervisor and a new equipment operator.

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