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Hudson voters to decide fate of five union contracts
Among the items appearing on this year’s town warrant are Article 2, a seven-year contract with the police union; Article 3, a four-year contract with the town’s highway workers union; Article 4, a four-year contract with the police, fire and town supervisors’ union; Article 5, a six-year contract with the town’s support staff; and Article 6, a seven-year contract with the town’s firefighters’ union.
There are 24 employees in the Hudson Highway Union, and the proposed contract includes a provision for workers to progress to an additional step increase on their 10th anniversary of employment.
A 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment is included in the contract.
“These are contracts that, overall, represent 90 percent of our town’s work force,” Maddox said. “With all these contracts coming before us, we really looked at it as an opportunity to control health care costs.”
“We tried to balance the (town’s) reduction in health care costs,” Selectmen Roger Coutu said. “The result was a very modest increase in salaries.”
If all articles pass, the end result would be a town tax rate of $6.61, which would be an increase of $61.44 for the owner of a home appraised at $256,000, the average in Hudson.
Voting on all warrant articles will take place on Tuesday, March 11. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Ave.
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