Urbana council approves union contract for city workers

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URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - The Urbana City Council has approved a contract with the AFSCME Local 1331 to increase hourly rates for city workers.

They also approved a budget increase of $165,020 that will be a one-time payment to cover retroactive hourly rate increases of 1 percent for 2017, 2018, and 2 percent for 2019, the News Gazette reports.

The contract sets up a 2 and 2.25 percent base hourly wage increase for 2019 through June 30, 2021. That is when the contract expires.

The new contract gets rid of the "me too" agreement, which guarantees the hourly wage contract terms are extended to union workers, in favor of the lump sum $2,500 bonuses, the News Gazette said.

It should save the city almost $58,000 by the end of 2020.

"Standby pay" will go from $130 to $160 for 2017 and 2018 and $170 after 2019.

The city will continue buying uniforms for mechanics and will give a $350 uniform allowance, as well as a $650 uniform allowance to all other uniform employees.

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