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October 22, 2014, 5:24 pm
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McMenamin Wants Year-to-Year Union Contracts

One alderman is not satisfied with three union contracts up for consideration by the Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole.


The three contracts for mechanical and aerospace workers, Laborers International Union and the International Union of Operating Engineers all include three year contracts; something Ward 7’s Joe McMenamin says should be limited to a year-to-year contract.


The contracts also include pay raises.


The Laborers International Union contract has a 2.3% increase in year one and a 3% increase in year two.


The mechanical and aerospace workers contract has an initial 3% increase in year one, while the Operating Engineers contract has yearly raises linked with CPI.


McMenamin says he would support a wage freeze for union contracts to make up for generous raises handed out before the recession of 2008.

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