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Somerville municipal workers to receive 14 percent raise in new deal

Posted by Jarret Bencks  February 1, 2013 12:54 PM

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Somerville's municipal workers' union reached a deal with the city last week that includes 14 percent raises for employees and required breaks for Public Works crews during snow emergencies, according to an announcement from the city.

The Somerville Municipal Employees Association, which represents employees of the Department Public Works, Somerville Public Library, custodians, and other positions, approved the new contract by a 177 to 11 vote on Jan. 24. The union represents about 250 employees.

The deal gives workers raises dating retroactively to 2010 and through 2016, totaling a 14 percent increase.

A librarian with a salary of $59,163 in 2011 would be bumped up to $67,446, and a city custodian that earned $51,012 would receive a total raise to the tune of $7,141. 

"This was a tribute to all efforts on both sides of the table," said Ed Halloran, president of the employees association, in a statement. "I would like to thank the Mayor and his staff for making the agreement a reality."

The agreement includes guaranteed six-hour rest periods for Public Works crews for every 24 hours a snow emergency is in effect. It also revamps overtime payments and health insurance coverage, the announcement said.

"We have been working hard to come to an agreement that is in the best interests of the City and of the union membership, and I want to thank Ed Halloran and his members for successfully negotiating a contract that we believe reflects those interests," Mayor Joseph Curtatone said in a statement.

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