Monroe public works employees get raises with new contract

A new contract with Monroe’s public works employees will include pay increases for the next three years.
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A new contract with Monroe’s public works employees will include pay increases for the next three years.

Monroe City Council approved Tuesday a new three-year contract with its public works employees.

Cemeteries, parks and recreation, storm water, streets and water maintenance employees represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 100 will receive pay increases of 3.5 percent the first year and 3 percent for the second and third years of the new contract.

The new contract starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2021, according to City Manager Bill Brock.

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Currently there are 12 employees impacted, but the city is adding another crew of four employees, Brock said.

Some other benefit changes in the new contract, according to Assistant City Manager Kacey Waggaman:

  • adding a level to the vacation table to include that employees will receive an additional 20 hours after 15 years of service
  • increasing the amount of comp time employees can accrue from 40 to 60 hours, but limiting the hours able to be used in one year to 60 hours. Employees could previously use their hours, refill their "bank," and then use hours again.