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Kingston approves bargaining agreements

December 02. 2013 11:50PM
B. GARRET ROGAN Times Leader Correspondent

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KINGSTON — Council approved new agreements with its employees and the West Side Council of Governments during Monday night’s regular meeting.

The borough approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the municipal police department that Administrator Paul Keating characterized as standard in terms of its similarity to past agreements.

The new contract between the municipality and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), however, contained several changes including the establishment of a new foreman and/or shift leader to serve as middle management level employee, a 2 percent annual raise for the four-year term of the contract and the increase of the superannuated retirement age from 55 to 62.

Council also approved agreements to participate in the acquisition and usage of three pieces of capital equipment through a state grant awarded to the council of governments in addition to inclusion in whatever funding the COG receives in 2014 via state gaming funds.

The council plans to adopt a 2014 budget at a special meeting to be held immediately after its Dec. 16 work session at 7 p.m. The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

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