Twp. board extends labor contract

FLINT TWP. — The township board has unanimously approved a one-year labor contract extension for the township Police Department Communications Operators (Com OPs) with a two percent increase in the wage schedule.

The contract extension is from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 the current twoyear contract expires December 31 of this year. All language from that contract will remain in effect through the extension. The agreement also allows for successive one-year renewals unless either party gives written notice 60 days before the expiration date.

The wage schedule in effect since January 1, 2016 is $12.50 an hour for new hires; $13 after one year of service, $13.75 after two years and $14.50 after five years. Two percent increases will be added to those amounts, effective January 1.

The extension agreement was reviewed and approved by township labor attorney Lizzie Mills.

Trustee Frank Kasle asked if other bargaining units also are getting contract extensions.

Supervisor Karyn Miller responded that five of the six bargaining unit have three-year contracts from 2016-2018. Those units also are receiving two percent wage increases.

Kasle questioned whether the Com-Ops agreement is an extension or a new contract.

Miller said nothing was renegotiated and nothing has changed from the 2016-17 com-ops agreement.

Miller said that except for the wage increase, it is being presented as a contract extension.

Kasle also questioned the language about successive approvals. H asked if a two-percent increase it built into the contract every year, if it is automatically renewed.

Miller said the current contract is only being extended for one year.

“Every contract we sign has a beginning and an ending date that sends us to negotiation to go forward,” Kasle said. “It is unusual language. Do all our contracts look like this?

He suggested removing the renewal language from the contract but said he had no other objections to the extension.

Clerk Kathy Funk said it is her understanding is that the renewal language in included in the contract so that it will remain in effect, if it goes past the expiration date.

Miller said that contracts with all six labor unions will be up for renegotiation at the end of 2018.

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