A newly approved salary structure for employees of the town of Stoughton will cap annual pay increases to 2.5 percent, doing away with the wide range of pay increase formulas that came with having seven different pay structures for each of the town’s unions.
The compensation structure change is part of a “best practices” plan that aims to improve services and conserve town funds, town officials said.
But with five of the town’s seven municipal unions still in the process of negotiating new contracts, union leaders argue the new bylaw usurps their bargaining power.
Further straining relations is the town’s hard-line stance that there will be no retroactive payments for unions that fail to settle contracts before June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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