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Commissioners Approve Public Works Contract

Lower Macungie Public Works employees successfully negotiate with township.

Members of Lower Macungie Township's Public Works union agreed Thursday to terms for a new four-year contract offered by township officials.

In turn, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the contract at its regular meeting on Nov. 1.

Included in the terms of the new contract:

* A 2.9 percent pay increase over four years.

* Increase in employee contribution to health care benefits.

* Reduction of bankable sick time hours per year to 640 from 1,040.

* Reduction of pension contribution to 10 percent of salary for new hires. Current employees get 20 percent.

Commissioner Ryan Conrad, who was part of the township's negotiating team was not expecting the union members to accept the terms of the contract so quickly, he said.

He commended the workers on their sacrifice saying the value of their work far exceeds the positive fiscal effect their cooperation has and will have on the township.

Ron Beitler November 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
This was a good compromise to solve a problem that is clearly crippling the state. There is no bigger issue in PA then state pensions. 2500 individual municipalities each with their own crews. 500 school districts each individually staffed. We need to cut benefits across the board or consolidate muni's/school districts to eliminate redundancy. Folks fixate on the public school pensions. Muni pensions are just as big an issue.

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