Blaine City Council approves public works union contract

Blaine councilmembers have approved a single-year contract for public works employees represented by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49.

Terry Dussault, human resources director, reviewed the contract with the city council May 17.

Blaine Public Works employees will get a 2 percent wage increase in 2013.

“What we were trying to do with this contract is get the public works employees on the same calendar as police,” he said. “The main part of this is giving them the same raise for 2013 and having a reopener in the contract for insurance, because we don’t know yet what the city’s insurance contribution will be this year.”

According to the contract, a starting public service worker will make $23.48 an hour, a one-year public service worker $24.59, a two-year worker $25.71, mechanic $26.46 and a working foreman $29.29. Council approved the contract 5-0. Mayor Tom Ryan and Councilmember Wes Hovland did not participate May 17 contract vote.

Ryan and Hovland were in St. Paul receiving Blaine’s Yellow Ribbon Community designation from Gov. Mark Dayton at a St. Paul Saints pre-game ceremony.

Mayor Pro Tem Katherine Kolb and Councilmembers Mike Bourke, Dave Clark, Russ Herbst and Dick Swanson approved the contract without discussion.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]