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Estherville officials propose 1.5 percent hike for employees

By Staff | Nov 5, 2009

Estherville city administrator Penny Clayton and city clerk Vaughn Brua presented the city’s proposal to union representatives for the 2010-11 Public Works Labor agreement.

The city and its workers are currently in the middle of a two-year agreement with only wages open to negotiations this year.

The city proposed a 1.5 percent wage increase for next year’s budget and also asked that only wages are discussed in next year’s bargaining session.

Local 79, United Food and Commercial Workers, represented by local president Dale Bradley, vice president Dennis Lukins and Bill Olesen presented their proposal on Oct. 22.

They proposed a 5 percent increase in the individual hourly wage for each unit member.

Last year, city workers received a 5.5 percent increase.

Under Iowa law, the first two bargaining sessions are open to the public. The city will present its initial proposal at the second meeting which will be held within two weeks.

The remainder of the negotiations will be closed sessions with the final agreement announced at a future city council meeting.