Enumclaw employee contracts confirmed by City Council

Members of the Enumclaw City Council polished off some important business during their final meeting of the year, confirming contracts with two key groups of municipal employees.

During their Dec. 9 gathering, councilmen gave their formal nod to contracts that had been hammered out with both police officers and members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. AFSCME represents regular employees, both full- and part-time, who work in the city’s administrative, public works, finance, parks and Expo Center departments.

Current contracts with both bargaining units were set to expire Dec.  31. Each had previously been ratified by union membership.

The new, two-year AFSCME contract calls for a cost-of-living increase of 1.5 percent for 2014 and assumes a 2 percent hike for 2015. The union agreed to a concession with it comes to healthcare costs; the employee share for medical premiums increases from 10 percent to 15 percent.

In addition, the contract spells out traditional items like hours of work; holidays (10 paid holidays annually, plus another two “floating” holidays; sick leave, vacation days; grievance procedures; promotions/demotions; discipline and discharge.

The three-year contract with the Enumclaw Police Officers Association applies to all commissioned officers under the rank of lieutenant.

The new pact calls for a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2014 and a 1 percent increase for 2015, with the third year to be negotiated at a later date. Union members will be paying slightly more to have spouses and dependents included on their insurance policy.

Other key items in the new contract deal with seniority, premium pay, educational incentives, off-duty employment, layoffs and a no-strike provision.

As is custom, the council passed a motion canceling the second meeting of December.

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