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By STEVE JONES Staff writer

One down, four to go. The city has a deal in place with the Civil Service Employees Association for 2011-2015 that now awaits the union’s approval. A key to the deal is that it has no retroactive raises for 2011 or 2012.

The Board of Estimate and Contract Thursday approved a collective bargaining agreement with CSEA’s Local 100, which represents 73 city employees.

The tentative deal includes the following provisions:

¿ Pay raises for this year, as well as 2014 and 2015. The increase this year (retroactive to Jan. 1) will be 1.5 percent. The raise next year will be 1.75 percent. It will be 2 percent in 2015.

¿ The city — which is self-insured — will have the right to switch third party administrators at its discretion as long as it provides 15 working days written notice.

¿ Employee premium for the PPO plan will be 25 percent. Full-time employees hired on or before the end of 2006 who receive health benefits under the Traditional Indemnity plan may opt-out during open enrollment periods. Those who do will receive a one-time lump sum payment — $1,250 for the individual plan and $3,500 for family plan.

¿ Regardless of which plan an employee uses, they will be able to purchase prescription medicine through Cana-Rx or other similar mail order services. The city will cover a to-be-determined amount for those who use that service for a year.

¿ Field workers will receive up to $75 a year from the city for work boots or shoes.

Once the deal is approved by both sides, it will leave the city with four unions without contracts from 2011 to date.

They are the Philip S. McDonald Police Benevolent Association (76 full-time and 11 part-time members), Rome Professional Firefighters Association (80 members, as well as two members of the related union for chiefs), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (80 public works employees) and the Amalgamated Transit Union (four parking operations employees).

RomeSentinel.com

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