Bloomington Council approves contract with city government’s largest workers’ union, deal to cost city almost $800K over 3 years

Published: Aug. 22, 2022 at 8:04 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - The Bloomington City Council Monday night unanimously approved a three-year contract with 107 union employees that will cost taxpayers almost $800,000 over the life of the deal.

The contract covers employees in Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and other departments. They’ll receive a 3.5% raise the first year, a 3% pay hike the second year, and a 2.75% increase the third year. Workers will also get a $750 signing bonus.

Total cost to the city including the bonus is just over $794,000 over the three years, according to city staff.

The city started negotiating March 10 with leaders from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 699, and members have been working without a contract since the previous deal expired April 30.

It’s the city government’s largest employees’ union.