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UE Members Prove Boss Wrong —
Contract with Town
Contains Longevity Pay


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The cable TV channel that regularly broadcasts the Town of Montague’s selectmen’s meetings also carried scenes like this, as UE members publicly indicated their unhappiness the town’s ‘final offer.’ Not long after, management reconsidered.

In negotiations earlier this year, the town insisted that there would never be longevity pay for municipal workers employed in the town’s Department of Public Works and waste-water treatment plant. These members of amalgamated UE Local 274 proved the boss wrong, using the same principles of unity and aggressive action the union uses in the private sector.

The membership unanimously rejected the town’s final offer in early June — and vowed to keep fighting until the contract included longevity bonuses.

UE members picketed the selectmen’s meetings and handed out leaflets at the annual town meetings. The cable TV station which regularly broadcasts the selectmen’s meetings covered the picketing.

Not long after, the town met with the union bargaining committee and agreed to longevity pay. The membership overwhelmingly ratified the new agreement on July 8.

The settlement calls for a 3 percent increase in each year of a three-year contract, with each worker receiving an additional 3 percent at his or her 10-year anniversary. Workers with 15 to 19 years of service will receive a $100 longevity bonus each year; those with 20 to 25 years will receive a $150 annual bonus, and those with 25 or more years, $200 each year.

The contract also contains an increase in beeper pay, a raise in pay for waste-water employees who fill in for the supervisor, hepatitis B shots for those who need them and family and medical leave language.

There were no givebacks negotiated.

The UE committee consisted of Lee Brunelle, Ron Galbraith, Bob Hoynoski and Fred Lego. They were assisted by UE Field Org. Paul Ryan.

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