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Clairton council approves labor agreements

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

Clairton council on Tuesday unanimously approved labor agreements with the city's public works and clerical employees, who had been working for five months without formal contracts.

In separate motions, council OK'd the contracts with Teamsters Local 205, retroactive to Jan. 1, pending final approval by city manager Howard Bednar and Solicitor Deron Gabriel. The public works contract extends through Dec. 31, 2016, and the clerical contract goes through Dec. 31, 2017.

Mayor Rich Lattanzi said he's glad to have agreements in place for employees who work tirelessly to make sure city business is done on a daily basis.

“A few years ago, we downscaled our workforce to make it more (financially) feasible for the city. Job consolidation was a part of that,” Lattanzi said. “We as a city appreciate the work of our employees who stepped up to the plate and are able to get the job done. We are proud of all of them.”

Public works operator Eric Fusco, the department's union steward, said the city's staff is happy to be moving forward with a decent, fair contract.

“It was a long process, and we were going on six months without a deal,” he said. “We made a couple concessions, as did the city at the last minute to get it done ... but we will shoot for the things we conceded in the next contract.”

Fusco credited the Teamsters' business agent Ed Baum and secretary/treasurer Carl Bailey for bargaining on behalf of the workers.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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