MERIDEN — A tentative three-year labor agreement between the city and a union of supervisors and professionals includes annual salary increases.
The agreement with United Public Service Employees Union, Local 424, Unit 48, would raise salaries by 2 percent in each year of the deal, which is retroactive to July 1, 2018, and will run through June 30, 2021.
Wages will increase by about $260,000 in total over the three years, or about $85,000 annually. The deal also includes a complete phase-out of preferred provider organization (PPO) healthcare plan for all employees by July 1, 2020 — a move that is expected to save the city money.
The City Council voted Monday to refer the contract to the council’s Finance Committee. Several department heads, including the human resources director, finance director, library director, and director of the city’s water division have recommended approving the contract, according to a resolution passed by the council.
The union is made up of “supervisors and professionals,” the resolution stated.
The Council also referred to the committee a proposal to renovate the tracks and athletic fields at Platt and Maloney high schools. The work includes replacing the tracks, which are almost 30 years old, and replacing the grass athletic fields with synthetic turf. The project is estimated to cost about $4 million, $2.2 million of which the city will pay for using leftover funds from renovations to the high schools.
The Finance Committee is expected to hear a presentation on the project at its next meeting on Monday, when it will also discuss the tentative labor contract.
The City Council voted to send both issues to the committee Monday without any discussion.