On Tuesday, June 22 only 72 residents in the Town of Mamaroneck Fire District voted in the referendum required to authorize spending as much as $1,050,000 on two new fire trucks and related apparatus. The outcome was no squeaker: 65 aye, 7 nay.
The new truck will replace a 21-year-old rescue vehicle and a 23-year-old pumper, which will be sold.
Small Raises Sign of the Times?
Relatively small raises and a bigger employee contribution to health insurance costs (for many new hires) are part of the new three-year contract between the Town of Mamaroneck and its Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).
At its June 16 meeting, the Mamaroneck Town Board approved the terms of the contract to run from 2010 through 2012. There were no other changes in benefits or terms, according to Town Administrator Steve Altieri.
The new contract calls for a 2% raise spread over 18 months from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. A second 2% raise goes into effect from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. Then a 3% raise kicks in for the last six months of the contract. For the entire term of the contract, this translates to a 5.6% raise or 1.8% per year, explained Town Administrator Steve Altieri.
Civil Service employees have been contributing $2300 per year of their medical insurance bill. Under the new contract, employees hired after July 1, 2011 will pay 15% of the bill, but no more than 4% of their salary.
Since some CSEA employees don’t earn that much, “this is a fair arrangement for the employee and the Town,” said Mr. Altieri.
What about other bargaining units? Previously, firefighters got a 2.5% increase for 2009 and 2010 and a 2.75% raise for 2011. New hires will contribute to their health insurance for the full term of their employment, with a cap at 2% of salary.
This year, Mamaroneck Town police are getting 4.1% increases and paying a maximum of $3000 towards health insurance in the last year of a four-year contract, which expires in December. The next contract is likely to be similar to the one just negotiated with the CSEA – far less generous, given ongoing concerns about the economy.