The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) today ratified a four-year extension to a current agreement with the Teamsters Local 264, representing Solid Waste employees. The former contract was in place from October 1, 2017, through December 31, 2021.
The contract extension approved today by Board Members is now in effect through December 31, 2025. The BPU employs twelve full-time sanitation and recycling workers.
The new agreement provides wage increases of 2% for full-time Level I employees in the years 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. Three employees comprise full-time Level I status. Full-time Level II employees will see a new, eight-year graduated pay scale that starts at $16.50 per hour.
Negotiations also resulted in the parties agreeing to health insurance plan contribution changes effective March 1, 2020. The Solid Waste Division employees have health insurance coverage through a Teamsters plan; they are the only workers who are not covered by the BPU self-funded health benefits plan.
BPU General Manager David L. Leathers noted that the agreement is reasonable and fair for both the BPU and the hardworking employees of the Solid Waste Division.
“The negotiations with Teamsters Local 264 were re-opened a year early in an effort to improve employee recruitment and retention by adjusting the wage scales and to secure significant cost savings for what the BPU contributes to the Teamsters health insurance plan,” stated Leathers. “Our Solid Waste employees are valued for providing diligent and vital services to the BPU and to our customers. We are pleased to reflect our appreciation through this new contract, for both our employees by recognizing their outstanding contributions and our ratepayers by achieving overall contractual expense reductions over the length of the agreement.”