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November 26, 2013

City Council approves two deals with unions

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“I think it sends a message that we understand the city’s needs, and at the same time they know our needs and want to be fair and take care of their employees.”

Councilor Chris Jackson said the two contracts will cover 126 of the city’s 196 employees.

“I am very happy to vote for this,” he said.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak said leaders from AFSCME and the police unions were professional and respectful even if they didn’t always agree.

“I believe these contracts are fair for all involved, and I thank you very much,” the mayor told Bleaux at the recent Common Council meeting.

STILL UNSETTLED

The city’s two other unions are still without contracts, the employees working under the provisions of the expired agreements.

The firefighters’ union is in arbitration, and the Municipal Lighting Department contract will be going to a fact-finder in January.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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