Andover reaches agreement with city’s public works union

by Eric Hagen
Staff Writer

The city of Andover and the Minnesota Teamsters Public and Law Enforcement Employees Union 320 have come to an agreement on a 2012 public works contract.

The 23 Andover public works employees included in this contract will be receiving no cost of living increase in 2012, according to Dana Peitso, Andover’s human resources manager.

This will be the second time in three years that Andover public works union employees will receive no cost of living increase. They received no increase in 2010. They received 1 percent in 2011.

Although they were approved for a 3 percent increase in 2009, Peitso said the city’s furlough program resulted in a 5 percent salary reduction for that year. The public works union employees received a 3 percent raise in 2008 and a 3.5 percent raise in 2007, according to Peitso.

According to Peitso, the 2012 public works union contract includes a “Me Too Clause.” If other employees receive a raise, these 23 employees are eligible for the same raise.

All union and non-union employees receive the same benefits package, Peitso said.

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