Proposed union settlement up for Derry council action
DERRY — Town councilors are scheduled to consider a proposed three-year collective bargaining agreement tonight between the town and 29 technical and management employees.
The members of the Professional Administrative and Technical Employees Union, or PATE, would receive a 3 percent raise this year if the proposed contract is approved, Larry Budreau, human resources director and acting town administrator, wrote in a staff report. The employees would also receive raises in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 of 1.5 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent respectively, if the contract is approved. The workers' last raise was in 2010.
The last collective bargaining agreement between the town and the union expired on June 30, 2011. The two groups negotiated over the next three years, before reaching a tentative agreement on Jan. 21, Budreau wrote.
The proposed agreement would take effect on Feb. 23 and run through June 30, 2017. It incorporates more than 40 changes and is similar to recent agreements between the town and Support Staff, Derry Police Patrolman's Association and Teamsters.
Budreau wrote that "many changes have been made that improve, clarify or simplify or align language with the town's six other contracts."
The union has agreed to increase the employee contribution toward conventional health plan premiums from 14.5 percent to 18 percent in March, 19 percent in July and 20 percent in July 2015. The present $5 copay health plan would be eliminated with the new agreement.
In addition, the obligation to provide fully paid health insurance for up to four years in case of disability has been shortened to 3 1/2 years.
Budreau wrote that the proposed wage increases are in line with other New Hampshire municipalities. Budreau and Chief Financial Officer Frank Childs strongly urged the town council to approve the contract.
Councilors are scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Derry Municipal Center