After a vote at a City of Rome Board of Estimate and Contract meeting Monday, another city department has negotiated to participate in a Shared Work Program — a cost-saving measure put in place amid a sea of measures enacted by local governments to stay financially solvent due to coronavirus impacts.
“Local 1088 voted to enter the Shared Work Program and the (Board of Estimate) approved the agreement at (Monday’s) session. Beginning yesterday, Local 1088 members will also be participating, so members throughout Public Works Departments will be working the same schedule, 60% daily staffing with 40% on unemployment through Nov. 30,” said Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo Tuesday morning.
Shared Work Programs are administered through the state Department of Labor.
The agreement covers 51 employees, Izzo said.
This is the second union covering city employees to negotiate an agreement in recent days.
Last Friday, the Board of Estimate and Contract approved an agreement to enact a shared work program which involved a reduction of hours for 32 impacted employees administered through the state Department of Labor with CSEA, Local 1000 — City of Rome Unit 7751-00 that covers many Rome city administrative employees.
Following that passage, Izzo indicated the resolution was part of a broader Economic Mitigation Program being crafted to help alleviate costs while the city wades through a time of uncertain revenues and other challenges.
In March, after the city instituted a hiring freeze, terminated part time and temporary employees and required all departments to submit 10% cuts in expenditures, the mayor has said of other city measures to reduce expenses.
Izzo added Tuesday that the public safety union is not part of the Shared Work Program agreement.