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February 05. 2014 9:27PM

Derry council tables contract proposal

DERRY — Town councilors agreed Tuesday night to table a proposed three-year collective bargaining agreement between the town and 29 technical and management employees.

Councilors will take up the matter at their next scheduled meeting on Feb. 18.

The members of the Professional Administrative and Technical Employees union, or PATE, would receive a 2.5 percent raise, not a 3 percent raise as previously reported, this year if the proposed contract is approved.

The employees would also receive raises in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 of 1.5 percent in the first year and 2 percent in each of the final two years if the contract is approved, said Larry Budreau, human resource director and acting town administrator.

The workers' last raise was in 2010.

The last collective bargaining agreement between the town and the union expired on June 30, 2011. The two groups negotiated over the next three years before reaching a tentative agreement on Jan. 21, Budreau said.If approved by councilors, the proposed agreement would take effect on Feb. 23 and run through June 30, 2017. It incorporates more than 40 changes and is similar to recent agreements between the town and support staff, the Derry Police Patrolman's Association and the Teamsters.

Summing it up for the council, Budreau said: "This contract achieves important goals for the town regarding health care cost containment, premium sharing and the elimination of caps. Conservative wage increases are in line with comparable New Hampshire municipalities."
Budreau said tabling the proposal would give councilors time to sift through the details and be prepared to vote on the contract at their next meeting. The public will also have time to review the plan, which is available on the town website.
"My hope is that tonight, the most appropriate way to handle this would be to move to table this matter until the 18th," Budreau said.

Councilors then voted, 7-0, on a motion by Councilor Neil Wetherbee to table considering the proposed contract until its Feb. 18 meeting.


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