City Settles 4 year contract with Teamsters through 2015. 2% magic number. City Retirement Health Contribution changed for workers hired after July 1, 2011

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WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. March 2, 2014:

The Common Council will vote Monday evening on whether to approve a negotiated settlement with Local 456 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. There are about 58 teamsters employed by the city.

The settlement provides for no raise in the 2011-12 year, and 2% raises in 12-13,13-14, and 14-15, and creates a new schedule of health care insurance premium contributions by the city for workers hired after July 1, 2011.

Retroactive payments covering the settlements for 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 will be paid from money set aside in the city Reserve for Financing, according to City Corporation Counsel, John Callahan.

The teamsters  have been without a contract since July 1, 2011.

The new settlement that still is pending a vote by the union calls for no increase in the 2011-12 year; and 2% increases in step levels in contract years 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15.

Health Care benefits are  changed as follows:

For an individual hired after July 1, 1995, and before July 1, 2011 with 20 or more years  service, the city will continue to pay 100% of individual and family health care costs after retirement.

For retired individuals with 15-19 years  service, the city contribution is cut to 80% of an individual/family health care plan.

For retired employees  with 10 to 15 years of service, the city contribution will be 50% for an individual and 35% for a family plan.

For retired employees  with less than 10 years  service the city will pay no contribution.

The city contribution changes as follows for workers hired after July 1, 2011 the city contributions are changed:

For workers hired after July 1, 2011, after 20 years city service, upon retirement the city will contribute 85% of the health care premiums for individual and family health plans.

For workers with 15 to 19 years city service, upon retirement the city will pay 65% of health care premiums for individual and family.

Workers with 10-15 years of city service, upon retirement, the city will pay 50% of the premium costs for an individual plan and 35% of premiums for family coverage.

Workers with less than 10 years of city service, after retirement: the city will pay no contribution toward health care premiums,

The contract also increases pay $2 an hour for operators of the city new, one-arm side loader garbage trucks.

The complete agreement may be read at by going to Common Council, clicking on Common Council agenda, and then clicking on Council Backup Agenda, and scrolling down to item 7, once you scroll past the main agenda.

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