City council approves employee book, replaces elements from negotiations|
With Wisconsin’s Act 10 legislation taking the teeth out of municipal unions, the Antigo Common Council Wednesday approved a new employee manual that will replace language that was previous subject to negotiations.
On a 7-1 vote, aldermen inked the new 60-page booklet, which lays out everything from compensation and insurance coverage to rules of conduct and leaves of absence.
Alderman Phil Beck was opposed and Glenn Bugni was absent.
According to Director of Administrative Services Mark Desotell, the manual will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014 when the current bargaining agreements expire with the two unions representing city and department of public works employees.
Those unions had reached three-year contract agreements with the city just prior to the implementation of the state’s Act 10, which essentially limits areas of bargaining to compensation up to the level of the consumer price index. Those agreements are now expiring.
Desotell said future negotiations, expected to begin within weeks, will focus on base wages as defined under Act 10. The consumer price index for January, 2014 is estimated at 1.66 percent.
“If the employer and the bargaining units are both asking for the CPI, it’s going to be a very short negotiation,” Desotell said.
Act 10 also stipulates that all future contracts be for one-year only.
Police and fire union employees are exempt from the state requirements, but will still be impacted by the employee manual’s language regarding health care coverage, Desotell said.
In other matters, aldermen authorized a developer’s agreement with Wetterau Wood Products, which is constructing a 1,152 square foot office adjacent to its wood processing plant.
The company had asked the city to provide up to $5,500 in assistance to connect to the sanitary sewer and water mains existing on the Deleglise Street right-of-way, approximately 15 feet underground.
Following questioning by Alderman Beck, the council gave the new Antigo First Connecting Communities program, formed by a group of downtown business owners, a boost through the infusion of $3,000 taken from the economic development portion of the Hotel/Motel Room Tax funds.
The resolution noted that the group has not yet been able to establish a funding mechanism and needs money in order to effectively move forward.
Beck noted that the state Connecting Communities program carried a $200 annual fee, and questioned the benefits of the organization. He voted in favor of the stipend following Mayor Bill Brandt’s explanation of the possible benefits the program could bring to downtown.
In other business aldermen:
—waived the $25 fee for the Optimist Club Halloween parade.
—passed a resolution in support of Langlade Hospital’s community health needs assessment action plan, seeking opportunities through land use, permitting, zoning, planning and use of facilities to offer health activity choices.
—approved the various permits for the Badgerland Classics car show slated in Peaceful Valley and for a block/anniversary party at Vickie and the Vets, both this weekend.
—with Beck dissenting, amended the job description for the land surveyor/project manager to include additional responsibilities and higher compensation
—transferred funds from Tax Incremental Finance District No. 6, which has been performing well, to the underperforming TIF No. 3, That will lessen the need for the city to contribute to TIF 3’s debt service.
—and inked a series of licenses including Steve Welnetz, Antigo Taxi; Kemmer Industries, second article dealer; El Tequila, amending the premise description to include an outside dining area; and Vickie and the Vets, changing the description to include all land on the premise for alcohol consumption.
Aug. 15, 2013
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