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The Jamestown BPU Board today ratified a five-year agreement reached with IBEW, Local 106, which represents BPU Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) employees. The new contract extends from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2020.
Members of Local 106 voted on December 2 to approve the agreement, which succeeds the previous contract that was in effect from January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2015.
The agreement covers 13 employees who work at the BPU WWTP, located on Quaint Road in the Town of Poland.
Among various contract language changes, the new agreement calls for increases to both wages and employee contributions to health insurance. Health insurance contributions as paid by employees will increase each year, reaching 20% as of 2019; and wage increases will average 1.93% per year over the life of the contract.
“Our Wastewater Treatment Plant employees are skilled and hard-working individuals,” said BPU General Manager David L. Leathers. “We are pleased that the new contract has been reached in a timely manner, with union members’ acceptance approved before the contract end date. As a result of this continued partnership, the BPU and IBEW, Local 106, members join together to serve our community in this important capacity. I thank and congratulate all members of the union and utility management groups that worked extremely hard to achieve this agreement.”