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City of Independence
BILL NO. 17-507Ord.No:          18786

Agenda Title:

17-507 - 1R. An ordinance amending the work agreement with the Communications Workers Of America, Local # 6360, by amending; Article 17, Section 1. Appendix B wage schedule for Telecommunicator, Telecommunicator I, and Telecommunicator II; and Article 17, Section 4. longevity pay from an annual pay of 0.4% to 0.5% per year of service to be retroactive to July 1, 2017; and declaring an emergency.

Approval of this ordinance is recommended
Executive Summary:

This ordinance implements recently negotiated changes to the work agreement with the Communications Workers of America, Local #6360 for the telecommunicator (dispatcher) positions. The ordinance implements a 1% across-the-board wage adjustment for Fiscal Year 2017-18. This is consistent with the wage increases negotiated for two other collective bargaining units for this fiscal year. A 1% increase was also budgeted and awarded for non-represented employees. In addition, an increase in longevity pay was negotiated from 0.4% to 0.5% which matches the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual (PP&PM). As this negotiation was only an annual wage opener, no other changes are recommended to the agreement. 


The proposed changes to the work agreement as summarized as follows: 


1. Effective July 1, 2017, Appendix B – Wage Schedule will be amended to reflect a 1% across-the-board increase.


2. The parties agree that the Union will be given an increase for 2018 (effective July 1, 2018), equal to the greater of one percent (1%) or the negotiated percentage increase given to other represented bargaining units, provided that the increase was negotiated after June 30, 2017. This increase does not apply to any existing collective bargaining agreements effective prior to July 1, 2017.

3. Article 17, Section 4 will be amended as follows:

Longevity Pay. All bargaining unit members shall receive a pay additive to hourly compensation to be known as longevity pay. On July 1, 2010, each bargaining unit member will receive a one-time adjustment, added to their current longevity pay rate. The one-time adjustment shall convert the previous longevity pay schedule to an annual pay of 0.4% per year of service. After July 1, 2017, bargaining unit members will receive a 0.5% longevity pay increase on their anniversary date, starting with the anniversary of their first year of service to a maximum of thirty (30) years of service.

Emergency Justification:

The Council has traditionally approved work agreements by an emergency ordinance in order to accelerate the retroactive wages for the employees.

Fiscal Impact:

The Police Department 2017-2018 fiscal budget can support the amendments to the CWA work agreement

Department:          Police DepartmentContact Person:          Chief Brad Halsey

Police DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted

Amendments to CWA work agreementOrdinance