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Algonquin OKs contract with public works union

ALGONQUIN – The village and its public works union have a new labor agreement that will take the two parties through April 2016.

The Village Board on Tuesday approved a deal with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.

The union of about 50 employees includes water and wastewater employees, streets division workers, parks and forestry personnel, and internal services staff, who repair and maintain more than 300 pieces of fleet equipment. A maintenance worker in the public works administration office also is part of the union.

The contract is for four years, and includes an average 3 percent pay increase per year for the union employees.

The previous deal was for four years.

Employees in the union previously ratified the agreement, Village Manager Bill Ganek said.

The previous agreement with the public works union expired April 30. The new contract will be retroactive to May 1, the village said in a news release.

The union and village administration had been negotiating since January, Ganek said.

There were no major changes in the new contract compared to the previous contract, Ganek said.

“Basically it was just some housekeeping items, clarifying language that was in the agreement four years ago,” Ganek said.

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