2007-12-20 / News

Town contracts with unions set until 2010

By Tom Shevlin

Don't count contract negotiations among the list of concerns for the new town council. According to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, and to the delight of council members, Jamestown officials will not be faced with municipal contract negotiations until 2010.

The three-year respite from labor negotiations came last month, when town councilors approved a three-year contract with members of National Association of Government Employees #68 (NAGE), which represents the town's clerks and dispatchers.

Kesier said that means town officials will be able to focus more time on projects such as completing the Taylor Point highway barn, getting a grip on the island's rising water rates, and protecting Jamestown's open space.

The contract, which Keiser negotiated, is expected to save the town upwards of $16,000 in overtime police salaries by staffing the town's dispatch service with civilian operators.

Councilwoman Barbara Szepatowski noted with a smile at the Nov. 26 council meeting that with the ratification of the NAGE contract the current council would not have to face further contract negations.

In October, the town settled two other major contracts with the island's police union, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) and Department of Public Works employees, also represented by NAGE.

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