Ramsey City Council approves 2012 employee contracts

by Tammy Sakry
Staff Writer

During its last meeting of the year, the Ramsey City Council approved new contracts for three employee groups.

The council voted 6-1 Dec. 13 on the three one-year contracts for its America Federation for State, County and Municipal Employee (AFSCME) union, its police sergeants and police patrol officers.

Councilmember Colin McGlone voted against the contracts.

For the 27 AFSCME employees, the 2012 contract will give them a 2 percent cost of living adjustment.

This is the first increase any of the employee groups has had since 2009, said Colleen Lasher, administrative services.

The contract also clarifies the use of funeral leave, which is the same language as the city’s other contracts, she said.

With the city’s switch from Health Partners to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, there were changes to the health insurance plans.

In the last contract, the employees only had a choice of single or family coverage, Lasher said.

This contract include four different tiered plans with various deductibles, she said.

The previous contract offered $2,000 as the highest deductible for single coverage and $4,000 for family, Lasher said.

Employees who want to save on their premiums can opt for the high deductible of $4,000 for single and $8,000 for family coverage.

For the four sergeants and 16 patrol officers, the only contract change is the switch to the new insurance, Lasher said.

There were no other changes as the two groups are in the middle of a two-year contract, which ends Dec. 31, 2012.

The council also approved a health insurance contributions and cost of living for its 24 non-union employees.

Its six department heads will receive a 1 percent increase and its 18 staff members will receive a 2 percent raise.

This group has also not received a wage increase since 2009, Lasher said.

The insurance coverage is the same as the other groups, she said.

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