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No pay raise this year for AFSCME

The City of Evanston has reached a tentative two-year contract agreement with city workers represented by AFSCME that calls for no pay increase this year, four unpaid days off and a 10 percent increase in worker-paid health insurance premiums.

The City of Evanston has reached a tentative two-year contract agreement with city workers represented by AFSCME that calls for no pay increase this year, four unpaid days off and a 10 percent increase in worker-paid health insurance premiums.

The agreement, scheduled for approval by the City Council Monday, does provide for a 2 percent pay increase on March 1 next year and a 1 percent increase on June 1 next year. The employees would take three unpaid days off in 2011.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in a memo to aldermen, says the net cost increase to the city in the second year of the contract will be $325,650. He added that the deal meets the city’s budget expectations for the current fiscal year.

Bobkiewicz says the new contract also clarifies language dealing with worker layoffs and recalls and provides increased opportunities for workers to undergo training to improve their job skills.

The economic terms are similar to those imposed by an arbitrator last month in settling a contract dispute between the city and the Teamsters Local 700, which represents police officers.

Update 6 a.m. 6/15/10: The City Council approved the new contract on its consent agenda Monday night.

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