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City Of Bloomington Reaches Agreement With AFSCME On Union Member Salaries, Benefits

Last updated on Friday, December 14, 2018

(BLOOMINGTON) - After negotiating for several months, the City of Bloomington and Local 2487 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (AFL-CIO Council 962) have reached agreement on the terms of a contract that will govern salaries and benefits for union members for the next four years.

AFSCME members include employees in the City's Public Works, Parks and Utilities departments. The new contract sets the terms and procedures for, among other things, employee pay grades and salaries, overtime, payments for certifications and licenses, discipline and grievances, seniority, and benefits such as paid time off and leaves of absence.

"These union members keep our city running 24 hours a day," said Mayor John Hamilton. "We're proud of the work we do together and are committed to providing equitable compensation and conditions for these essential members of the City team."

The contract will take effect in January of 2019 and run through December 31, 2022. After the City and AFSCME agreed on the terms, union members voted to accept them on December 6.

"Almost 85 percent of the membership showed up to have their voice heard and their vote counted," said AFSCME President Steve Robertson. "AFSCME Local 2487 negotiation team would like to thank the membership for their help and input along with the City of Bloomington and their team that sat across the negotiation table working together with us to achieve our new contract agreement."

In addition to annual raises for all union members of two to two and a half percent over four years, the new contract includes increases in hourly shift premiums for employees working evening and swing shifts, an increase in 24-hour on-call pay, a bump in payments for tools for Fleet Maintenance Technicians, several changes to pay grade classifications, and increases in hourly pay for Utilities, Public Works and Parks employees who achieve certain professional licenses and certification levels. The salaries and other payments set forth in the contract will be presented to Council for approval in early January.

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