The three-year agreement with Laborers’ Local 483 was the first of seven city contracts to expire on Wednesday, but was pushed back to a final vote in two weeks.
Overall, city employees probably won't get cost-of-living increases. But unlike many in the private sector, they can expect to retain generous health care benefits, and they face no furlough days. And unless Commissioner Dan Saltzman gets his way, union employees will continue to get overtime pay even without working a 40-hour week.
Saltzman said in an interview before the council meeting that it makes no sense "to perpetuate a myth about overtime that's totally inconsistent with logic." He opposes the current system, in which a worker who, say, calls in sick one day but works extra hours later in the week can still claim overtime for those hours.
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