By Julie Ann Madden
No closed session was needed at their Feb. 12 meeting as councilors learned of a negotiated wage agreement with union employees.
City Attorney David Stuart reported on a meeting he’d had earlier that day with Union Area Representative Preston De Boer and city employees Gary Horton and Bob Popken.
“The union was looking at very few changes from the prior three-year contract,” said Stuart, explaining the only items they wanted changed was the term (another three-year contract) and a 3 percent wage increase. “They were OK with the health insurance (change).”
“The guys were willing to accept 2.5 percent increase (annually for three years), which would be the same as the previous three years,” said Stuart. “Historically, where we are at is in the ballpark. For each contract we settle out at about 2.5 percent.”
“It’s been a joy to work with Preston,” he said. “He doesn’t play games.”
Stuart also explained that city employees Todd Swancutt and Dan Rolfes are on track for completing all education needed for their positions.
Councilor Chad Ericson made the motion to approve a 2.5 percent salary increase and Councilor Barbara Johnson seconded it. The vote was unanimous.