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McHenry City Council approves union contract

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:14 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:18 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – Higher raises and higher employee contributions for health care are part of a union contract approved Monday by the McHenry City Council.

The three-year contract is with the police union that represents police dispatchers, community service officers and records clerks. It was approved in a 5-1 vote with one alderwoman absent and Alderman Andy Glab the sole no vote.

There was no discussion after the closed-door executive session held on the contract.

The agreement also was approved by the union prior to the meeting.

The contract includes a 2 percent raise this fiscal year and 2.25 percent raises for the next two years, which accounts for about $17,000 this year, $19,500 next year and $20,000 for fiscal 2016-17 for the 13 affected employees, according to council documents.

The city’s other two unions do not have contracts up for negotiation this year and will receive 2 percent raises for the remaining year of their contracts, which are both set to expire at the end of April 2015.

One other union represents police officers, and the other represents maintenance workers, mechanics and water and wastewater operators in the public works, parks and recreation, and administrative departments.

Under the approved contract, affected employees also will have to contribute more across the board each year for their insurance, which is new this year.

Under the previous contract, the employee contributions rose from 4 percent for a single person in a PPO plan and 10 percent for a family at the beginning of 2012 to 7 percent for a single person and 11 percent for a family in 2014.

The contributions for HMO plans rose from no contribution for a single person and 6 percent for a family in 2012 to 2.5 percent for a single person and 9 percent for a family.

Under the approved contract those contributions rates will continue to rise 1 percent each year.

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