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Aldermen vote to approve contract between Manchester Water Works, Steelworkers 8938

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

March 07. 2018 12:03AM




MANCHESTER — Aldermen voted to approve a new labor contract Tuesday between Manchester Water Works and United Steelworkers 8938.

The contract will now lay over for two weeks until the next meeting of the full board, at which time a final vote will be taken.

The new agreement shows a cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase of 1 percent in FY 2018, with no retroactive pay.

The contract passed on a 10-2 vote, with aldermen Kevin Cavanaugh, Will Stewart, Tim Baines, Chris Herbert, Dan O’Neil, Bill Shea, John Cataldo, Barbara Shaw, Bill Barry, and Normand Gamache in favor. Opposed were aldermen Elizabeth Moreau, and Keith Hirschmann, with Tony Sapienza and Joseph Kelly Levasseur abstaining.

According to a cost analysis by the city Finance Department, assuming the contract is ratified prior to April 1, the deal would cost the city an additional $55,770 in salaries and benefits in FY 2018, while tacking on an additional $6,011 in standby pay and $2,213 in additional night shift differential pay.

In all, the proposed contract would result in $68,831 in additional costs for the remainder of FY 2018, from April 1 through June 30.

The contract includes changes to standby pay, as well as vacation accrual policies. Accrual for two calendar weeks of vacation time would begin on the date of hire, with accrual of three calendar weeks beginning at six years of continuous service.

Four calendar weeks would begin after 10 years of continuous service, five weeks after 15 years, and six weeks after 20 years.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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