Baldwin Borough saves with new public works pact
A revamping of Baldwin Borough's employee agreement with its public works staffers will save the municipality as much as $200,000 annually for the next five years.
The savings is attributed to a switch in health care plans that is set to begin this month, said borough Manager John Barrett.
“There was an opportunity to save money. It was in the best interest of the borough,” he said.
Council members in a unanimous vote at their last meeting approved a memorandum of understanding with the borough's 11 construction, general laborers and material handlers and Local Union No. 1058 of the AFL-CIO — or the public works employees — extending their collective bargaining agreement by two years.
Public works employees also have agreed to the terms, Barrett said.
The new pact, which provides a 3 percent annual pay increase for the employees, runs through Dec. 31, 2017, Barrett said. The annual wage increases match those in the current contract.
The borough always has provided three-years of post-retirement health care for employees that leave at 62 years old, Barrett said. The new contract also will cover spouses during those years.
Though the biggest change in the agreement, Barrett said, is new health care coverage.
Borough officials initiated negotiations when they realized the savings that could be had by switching health care plans, Barrett said.
A health care plan with Highmark was named in the previous contract. The new health coverage, through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will cut premium costs to the borough by between $150,000 and $200,000 a year, Barrett said. And the coverage is comparable, he said.
Councilman Bob Collet thanked the union members for being will to work with the borough “in good faith” and save the municipality “enormous amounts of money.”
Changes in health care coverage were made at the beginning of October, Barrett said, and also included administrative staff — totalling 21 borough employees.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- School resource officer OK’d for WJH schools
- Baldwin Borough council OKs bond for work
- Baldwin-Whitehall School District proceeds with dairy contract
- Changes await swimmers as Brentwood pool returns
- Former school building in Baldwin Borough might be sold
- Banner program honors military service
- Longtime Whitehall councilman steps down, replacement named
- Arsenic testing approved for site of new Thomas Jefferson High School
- Column: From computers to programming, it’s free at the library