New employee deal rests with Waterford RTM

Waterford - Members of the Representative Town Meeting are expected to vote tonight on a contract between the town and 72 municipal employees.

The town and Local 1303-037 of Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have spent the past year and a half negotiating the four-year contract that would take effect retroactively to July 1, 2011, First Selectman Daniel Steward said last week.

The tentative agreement was reached between the two parties early last month and the agreement is set to expire June 30, 2015.

"The RTM wanted a zero-percent increase in one of the four years and an increase in medical co-pays and cost sharing," Steward said. "We've done all of that, but it may not be to the level that the RTM would like to see."

Because the town owed retro-pay to the 72 workers for failing to negotiate a contract by July 1, 2011, the employees will not receive a wage increase this year. However, in 2013 and 2014 members will receive a wage increase of 2 percent and 1.75 percent, respectively.

They received a 2 percent wage increase for their 2011 retroactive pay and the entire contract calls for less than a 6 percent increase over the four years.

Through June 30, 2013, employee cost sharing of health benefits will remain at 6.5 percent but will increase to 7 percent on July 1, 2013. It will increase to 8 percent in July 2014. Patient co-pays will increase from $5 to $20 and the annual maximum for prescriptions will increase from $1,000 to $2,000.

The 22-member RTM is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

j.hanckel@theday.com

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