The item on the consent agenda to change the classification of five Patterson employees’ jobs including, three from rank and file union members to management, drew a stir from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees’ Local 10 Shop Steward Paul Borchardt. Borchardt said the union had been caught off guard by the changes.
He added that the union was expecting to discuss the five positions—three of which would be changed to management from union status.
“We are asking that no decision be taken until we discuss this in the bargaining process,” he said, which is scheduled to take place in March 2014. “Let this process have its course through discussions between city management and the bargaining unit.”
City Manager Rod Butler said there was no reason to delay the matter and that the union had been made aware of a study on job classifications and the positions made by the city’s consultant, Bryce Consulting, who has also done a companion salary comparison for employees that is to be released early next year.
Borchardt said he was aware of the drafts but unaware of the changes.
“I was not aware all of them would become management,” he said.
Butler said only three would become management and that two would remain in the union bargaining unit with AFSCME 10.
Councilman Dominic Farinha, who chaired the council meeting, stated it was the consensus of the council to table it further until details were ironed out.
The plan calls for five employees now listed as a senior account clerk, secretary II, public works maintenance worker III, chief wastewater operator, and administrative manager to all receive new job classifications; three of which would become managers.
The senior account clerk and public maintenance worker III would stay in the union.
The total salary changes would mean over $37,000 in raises to the employees. The action by the council also tabled a companion item that would consider adding two new employees to the newly formed capital projects and engineering departed, which was formed during a staff reshuffle by the city last year.
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