New Contract is Here!

Hey Everyone,
The new WCEA CONTRACT for 2013-2017 is here!
And while it is not perfect I do believe that it is the best we could hope for from the arbitration process.
We did manage to convince the panel on some key points on salary for our members but the compromise was the changes to our health care plans. The health care changes are very significant and the City will be holding a series of meetings beginning Monday 5/18/2015. I will be adding a separate post with those details.
One of the big questions I’m sure everyone wants to know about are our wages and steps. On this note I’m pretty sure everyone should be ok with the changes we won.

07/01/2013 – 06/30/2014, Effective 01/01/2014, 1% GWI, 2% Top Step Bonus
07/01/2014 – 06/30/2015, Effective 01/01/2015, 2% GWI, 2% Top Step Bonus
(Year 1 and 2 increases are retroactive)
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2016, Effective 07/01/2015, Step Increase, 1.5% Top Step Bonus
07/01/2016 – 06/30/2017, Effective 07/01/2016, 2% GWI, 1% Top Step Bonus

I can not say for certain when the new pay scales or retro pay will be issued, but I know that Payroll and the HRIS Departments will be putting in a lot of time and effort to have it done quickly and I would not expect it to take more than a few weeks until we start to see some of the changes.
As soon as we have the schedule from payroll we well get it out to everyone.

On contract language issues the big deal we won was the elimination of the restriction that Para-Professionals were prevented from being eligible to transfer if they have had a bad evaluation in the prior 2 years. In that regard the panel agreed that Para’s not be treated differently than the rest of the Union who did not have that restriction.
I’m sure there will be a lot of questions that everyone will have and you can email us or post a comment here and we will do our best to answer them.

Ed Beauchemin, President
Waterbury City Employees’ Association
65 Bank St., 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 614
Waterbury, CT 06720
203-574-1736 ph
203-725-0859 fax

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