The contract was approved by the Board of Selectmen last week and covers the time period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, Town Administrator Tom Landry said.
Members of the union, which is part of AFSCME Council 4, will get a 2% retroactive salary increase going back to the pay period of July 8, 2012, Mr. Landry said.
The employees’ health insurance co-share will increase from 14% to 15%, a 1% increase.
The health insurance buyout will decrease from 40% of its averted premium to 35%.
The union’s contract with the town expired on June 30, 2012, and negotiations “took a while,” Mr. Landry said.
The contract is for only one year and expires on June 30, 2013, along with the contracts for all the other municipal unions. Mr. Landry said it’s easier for the town to have all the collective bargaining units on the same cycle. Negotiations begin soon, he said, for the next fiscal year.
Town hall positions covered by the union include administrative assistants and secretaries, the fire marshal, building inspector, animal control officer, town engineer, code enforcement officer, tax assessor, conservation planner, senior center director, information systems manager, aquatics director, youth services workers, finance and tax workers, parks and recreation workers, library workers, groundskeepers, and a Dial-A-Ride driver.
A social services assistant’s position, currently held by Suzanne Friedman, was added to the union because the position’s hours increased, making it eligible, Mr. Landry said.