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2017-11-09 / Front Page

LDEA and Lancaster Town come to agreement

by AMY ROBB Editor

Barbaro Barbaro A Collective Negotiations Settlement Memorandum was approved between the Town of Lancaster and the Lancaster Dispatcher Employee Association at Monday night’s Town Board meeting.

The agreement will cover Jan. 1, 2012, through and including Dec. 31, 2018.

Increases in pay are zero percent for 2012 and 2013, a 2 percent increase per year from 2014 to 2017, and a 4.2 percent increase in 2018.

“It’s not retroactive, which means it would not be compounded … 1 percentage on top of the next,” said Town Supervisor Johanna Coleman.

“Also, they agreed to take, in lieu of retroactive pay, they’ve agreed to a lump sum of $7,500, and it would be prorated for any employee who was hired after Jan. 1 of 2012.”

LDEA members, consisting of 11 dispatchers, will be paying into health insurance as part of the agreement.

“They also will begin making contributions towards their health insurance at 8.5 percent, and that would be effective Jan. 1 of this year,” said Coleman.

All 11 members of the LDEA agreed to the memorandum, and the next negotiation session is expected to take place in less than a year.

“It was grueling, as these things are supposed to be, and ... after several months, we did finally come to a mutually agreeable solution here,” said Coleman.

“I want to thank Tammy Schaefer for sitting with us and for your entire negotiating team.”

“I’d like to express my gratitude on behalf of the Lancaster Dispatchers Employee Association,” added Schaefer, who is president of the LDEA.

“In regards to renewal of our collective bargaining agreement, since April of 2017, many people worked hard on our side, and we would not have come this far if not for them.”

In another matter, Michelle Barbaro will be replacing Mark Lubera as park crew chief for the Town of Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department, at an hourly rate of $27.88.

“I trained with Mark Lubera for six days and then I’ve been on my own for four, and then this has been my fifth day; today was my fifth day by myself,” said Barbaro after Monday night’s meeting.

Barbaro was previously a clerk typist for Lancaster’s Highway Department.

“I helped with the budgets for highway and recreation, and I’m pretty knowledgeable on keeping track of the budget, setting up the ledgers for the budget, just to know where we are at all times to control spending and to stay within the budget,” said Barbaro.

“I learned a lot from working at highway, and I want to move forward as a team and just work together.”

The new park crew chief hopes to streamline the department a bit more, cross-training individuals to be able to handle a variety of calls.

“Streamlining is a big thing, streamlining different duties, doing some cross-training, have more than one person be able to do the HVAC or the plumbing, or the pool, get somebody else certified so there’s more than one person,” said Barbaro.

“Even in the last week, the guys have really worked hard in coming together, and we’ve moved in a lot of different directions in the past week, from closing the pool to pulling most of the tree stakes to planting most of the trees.”

The next Lancaster Town Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at 21 Central Ave. in Lancaster. There is always a work session a half-hour prior to each meeting.

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