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Finally, Scott DPW crew has new contract

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 4:36 p.m.

It took longer than both sides expected or wanted, but Scott's public works crew has a new contract.

Township commissioners approved a four-year contract for the 13-member public works crew on March 26.

The vote ended nearly 15 months of uncertainty, as crew members worked without a contract since the beginning of 2012.

“We're just thrilled it was done,” said board President Thomas Castello. “We were able to get the issues resolved, (and) everybody's satisfied.”

Under terms of the new contract, which runs until Dec. 31, 2015, crew members will get a 3 percent retroactive raise for 2013, along with 3 percent raises for 2014 and 2015. For 2012, they will receive a $1,200 “signing bonus,” which Castello said works out to just under a 3 percent raise.

The union sought 3 percent raises with full retroactivity.

“The guys are happy they're getting their retro money,” said Gary Alward, recording secretary and business agent for the General Teamsters, Chauffeurs and Helpers Local Union 249.

Meanwhile, the township got the control it sought of the “call-out board” for summer and winter overtime. As one example, the commissioners' board will determine which employees get called out to plow roads in the winter.

Castello said allowing employees to handle overtime on a voluntary basis could lead to safety problems if the same employee worked too many consecutive shifts.

Alward, the union's chief negotiator, said he reached the agreement the week of March 18 after meeting one-on-one with township Manager Denise Fitzgerald.

“It worked out,” he said. “We should have did that 14 months ago.”

Public works crew members had worked under terms of their old contract.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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