By STEVE JONES Staff writer
The city has a new deal in place with the Amalgamated Transit Union local representing six city workers. Out of five collective bargaining units, only the police union remains without a contract.
The Board of Estimate and Contract approved the deal Thursday by a 3-0 vote. Two members — Mayor James F. Brown and Corporation Counsel Diane Martin-Grande — were excused from the meeting. Common Council President John J. Mazzaferro, Public Works Commissioner Frank D. Tallarino Jr. and Treasurer Frank Puma voted in favor.
The agreement covers 2009 and 2010. The titles of the positions covered — from what was once the Parking Authority — are laborer, meter enforcement officer and senior meter enforcement officer.
The terms include a 3.75 percent wage increase for 2009 and a 2 percent increase for 2010, a $60 increase for each level of longevity pay (effective January 2010), restructuring of vacation time for part-time employees (effective January 2010) and an employee must work one full year before becoming eligible to use accrued vacation time.
The deal leaves the city with one union without a contract for this year. The most recent contract with the Philip S. McDonald Police Benevolent Association, which represents 74 full- and 11 part-time members, expired at the end of last year.
The city has deals that last through the end of this year with the ATU, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1088 (88 members), the Civil Service Employees Association (80 members) and the Rome Professional Firefighters Association (82 members).