BLOOMINGTON — The City Council on Monday will consider ratifying a labor contract covering union workers in the departments of public works and parks, recreation and cultural arts.

Under the two-year proposal, employees would receive a 2 percent pay raise the first year, a reopening of wage negotiations the second year and a $200 signing bonus.

The estimated cost of the 2 percent wage increase is $134,000 and the cost for the one-time signing bonus is $21,000, according to a staff memo prepared for the council.

The item is on the council's consent agenda, which will be voted on when the council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The city anticipates savings from eliminating some employees’ spouses and domestic partners from the city’s health insurance plan and a change in longevity pay for new employees.

Increases based on length of service no longer would be included in an employee's base hourly rate.

Instead, workers would receive lump-sum payments every five years. The payments would start at $1,500 after five years and increase in five-year increments up to $4,000 after 30 years of service.

The contract also calls for a reduction of sick leave accrual from a maximum of 960 hours to 720 hours. Employees would be allowed to carry over 40 hours of vacation from one anniversary year to the next.

Union workers already ratified the agreement between the city and American Federation of State, County, and Muncipal Employees Local 699. The employees had been working under a contract that expired in April 2017.

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