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Teamsters Union members ratify new four-year pact with the City of Wilkes-Barre

01.20.13

JANUARY 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union members ratify new four-year pact with the City of Wilkes-Barre

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 5th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401 members employed in the public works department of Wilkes-Barre voted to ratified a new four-year labor agreement. The previous pact expired on December 31st, 2012 and the new contract will expire on December 31st, 2016.

Local 401, South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, represents 40 workers employed by the Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works. The memebrship voted to ratify the new pact on December 28th by the vote of 36 for to 1 against.

“Local 401 is sincerely appreciative to the City of Wilkes-Barre for its professionalism in regard to the negotiation and ratification of this contract,” stated Pat Connors, Secretary-Treasurer/Business Representative and Principal Officer of Local 401.

Under the new agreement, the workers will receive wage increases of three precent each year. Also, the four temporary workers that were laid-off due to budget problems were recalled on December 27th, Mr. Connors added.

Other agreement highlights are:

• Temporary employees will be evaluated after 90 days from the date of hire and every quarter after that. If there has been no disciplinary action, reprimands or excessive time missed, the employee will get one (1) day of paid time-off (PTO) after each evaluation.
• Any person who retires after December 31st, 2013, can remain on the City’s Health Insurance Plan until they are eligible for Medicare benefits.
• All employees hired on or after January 1st, 2002 shall be granted ten (10) sick days per year.
• If an employee is ordered to operate a piece of heavy duty equipment they shall receive a minimum of one (1) hour at operators rate.
• All full-time employees shall be entitled to and required to take a meal period of one (1) hour between 11:30 a.m. and12:30 p.m.

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