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February 09. 2014 9:09PM

Nashua aldermen set to review pair of bargaining agreements

NASHUA — City officials this week will begin reviewing two newly proposed bargaining agreements with school district secretaries and food service workers.

On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen will be presented with the two bargaining agreements between the Nashua Board of Education and the Nashua Teachers’ Union Local 1044.

The contracts — if ratified — will offer base salary increases for 83 secretary union members and 109 food service union workers. The two-year contracts will run from 2013 until 2015.

According to the proposed agreement for clerical workers, a 2 percent base salary raise is being proposed in fiscal year 2014, and a 2.5 percent hike is being recommended in fiscal year 2015.

The total base pay for the secretary union is about $2.6 million for the first year, an increase of about $51,500, and nearly $2.7 million for the second year, an increase of about $66,000.

According to the proposed agreement for food service workers, a 1.9 percent base salary raise is being proposed in fiscal year 2014, and a 2 percent hike is being recommended in fiscal year 2015.

The total base pay for the food service union is about $1.3 million for the first year, an increase of about $29,800, and about $1.34 million for the second year, an increase of nearly $36,000.

Both contracts are being supported by Alderman Richard Dowd, Ward 2, who is also a former Nashua Board of Education member.

Aldermen have been busy reviewing and approving various city union contracts throughout the past few months. In December, the board ratified a new bargaining agreement that offers more than 1,000 local teachers steady pay increases throughout the next three years.

That new contract provides city teachers with a base pay increase of 2 percent in the first year, 2.7 percent in the second year and 3.1 percent in the third year.

Aldermen also recently supported two other bargaining agreements with the International Association of Firefighters Local 789 and the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Professional Employees Local 2232 of the Nashua Police Department.

The two-year contract with firefighters provides a base salary increase of 2.5 percent each year for 166 city firefighters.

The four-year collective bargaining agreement with the police department’s UAW union includes a combined wage increase of 4.3 percent over the four-year period.

The newly proposed contracts with the school district’s secretaries and food service workers will be assigned to an aldermanic committee for further review and analysis before an official recommendation is made to the full Board of Aldermen.

Tuesday’s aldermen meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Nashua City Hall.

khoughton@newstote.com


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