Agreement ratifies three-year contract for Firemen and Oilers SEIU Local 3 and SEIU 888

 Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone (left) and SEIU Local 3 Business Agent Edmund ‘Ike’ Gabriel.

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone (left) and SEIU Local 3 Business Agent Edmund ‘Ike’ Gabriel.

Firemen and Oilers SEIU Local 3, representing the City of Somerville’s custodians, and SEIU 888, representing the City’s crossing guards, have each signed new collective bargaining agreements with the city that ratify three-year contracts for members of both unions through fiscal 2017, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced yesterday.

A signing ceremony for the custodians’ agreement was held on Thursday, June 26, in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall. The crossing guards previously signed their agreement at a ceremony in May.

Key components of the custodians’ agreement include:

  • 2% salary increases in each year of the contract.
  • The city will not contract out custodial services in Somerville Public Schools for the duration of the agreement, beyond those custodial services already provided by non-Local 3 members.
  • The city agrees to maintain at least 28 full-time union custodial positions.
  • Local 3 agrees to eliminate a $100 bonus for an employee that is absent four days or less in a contract year, while the perfect attendance bonus for a contract year is increased from $850 to $1,000.
  • Evacuation Day is eliminated as a holiday, while the half-day holidays of Good Friday and New Year’s Eve are increased to full-day holidays. This brings the school custodians contract in line with the current school year and results in cost savings, due to custodians not receiving time-and-a-half pay or more for working on Evacuation Day.
  • Sick time for new Local 3 members is from 15 days per year, while current members receive 18 days per year, each accrued at the rate of 1.25 per month.

Key components of the crossing guards’ agreement include:

  • A wage adjustment in the first year of the contract to aid with the recruitment and retention of qualified and reliable crossing guards, followed by 2% increases in the second and third years of the contract.
  • Incentive for perfect attendance and provision to include crossing children during Halloween as well as during the school day.
  • Up to three days per year “inclement weather” pay in the event of school closings (limited to no more than one per week).
  • The establishment of a “team leader” position to help the Police Department coordinate crossing guard assignments and activity.
  • A provision to adequately provide for uniforms and equip crossing guards.
  • Up to an additional hour added to the workday to address the needs of the city and the School Department in helping to protect unaccompanied minor children on their way to and from school.

“I want to thank Firemen and Oilers SEIU Local 3 and SEIU 888 for both proactively approaching the city early, before their previous contracts expired, and bargaining in good faith to come to equitable agreements that benefit all sides and avoid our custodians or crossing guards working while out of contract,” said Mayor Curtatone. “These agreements demonstrate that we value the hard work done by our custodial staff in keeping our buildings clean and inviting places to work and learn, and our crossing guards keeping our children safe on their way to and from school. Both CBAs brings more predictability to our budget for the next three years while ensuring that these services continue.”

“The union appreciates the cooperation from the mayor and city staff,” said SEIU Local 3 Business Agent Edmund ‘Ike’ Gabriel. “We look forward to working together in the future.”

Starting with the gentleman with the red shirt and moving clockwise around the table: SEIU 888 members Joe Lyons, Sylvie Matignetti, Ed Grandmount and Mary White; SEIU 888 Representative Madeline Garcia; City Assistant Director of Personnel Candace Cooper; City Director of Personnel Bill Roche; City Chief Labor Counsel Robert Collins; and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone.

Starting with the gentleman with the red shirt and moving clockwise around the table: SEIU 888 members Joe Lyons, Sylvie Matignetti, Ed Grandmount and Mary White; SEIU 888 Representative Madeline Garcia; city Assistant Director of Personnel Candace Cooper; city Director of Personnel Bill Roche; City Chief Labor Counsel Robert Collins; and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone.


12 Responses to “New collective bargaining agreements signed for custodians and crossing guards”

  1. josh101 says:

    SInce when are crossing guards part of a union? They work approximately 7.5 hours per week for 40 weeks per year, and they have to pay union dues? What does the union negotiate? Better working conditions (i.e. better weather), and better hours?

  2. From what I read above, they negotiated great terms for both Unions.

  3. Johnnie Jazz says:

    Courtney, good for the unions, but not for residents or property tax payers. Because of deals like this — if you think our property taxes are ever staying stable or going down then think again. Not until the whole Ponzi scheme comes crashing down.

    Make all union members/city employees be city residents and this mitigates some of this, but they don’t. So the people getting this raise — for the most part — live outside the city and are living larger now on our $$$s.

  4. all that jazz says:

    Nothing DJ Jazzy John says makes any sense. 1: Crossing guards getting a raise working 7.5 hours a week will not impact property taxes in the least. 2: You don’t want to pay them more, but you expect city workers to live in the city, which gets more expensive by the minute. 3: Most crossing guards not only live in the city, but they live within blocks of the corner they work at. Many are retirees and longtime residents looking to make ends meet. So no one is “living large” off crossing guard pay.
    Jazzy is just a hater. He’s the type of guy who would get angry at kids playing in a park, when they should be working hard just like him. Keep on hating, your words will change nothing, but it may give you high blood pressure.

  5. Jack the Destroyer says:

    You don’t wanna cross that Joe Lyons due!

  6. Ed says:

    Courtney is right. Negotiating these terms early prevents the situation that happened with the fire fighters-who have to live in Somerville for 7 years, police too. When we negotiate early we can agree to small incremental raises.

  7. Johnnie Jazz says:

    To be honest, I don’t care about the crossing guards and how much they make or don’t make. God bless them, but if they’re working only 7.5 hours a week why do they even need a union and 7.5 hours a week isn’t going to be paying the bills for anyone – anywhere. You know now the poor SOBs now have to kick in more to the union “bosses” too, so probably a wash for them anyway.

    Also, crossing guards should be volunteers – probably enough people retired that would be happy to do it. Just to get out of the house. When did we start paying them? When I was a kid I don’t remember them being paid. Maybe they were… who knows.

    Custodial services can/should all be outsourced to some company who hires only illegals since the mayor kikes to coddle them. We will save a ton and we may as well give them some of the cash as we know THEY LIVE here.

    Bottom line is we need tax relief. You don’t get tax relief by giving the unions raises. The city should examine where there is redundancy between departments and look to reduce headcount by 20% across the board then reduce the property taxes by the % of savings.

  8. rags says:

    Johnnie Maybe you can call up blackwater to come in and take over our police force. They did a knock up job in Iraq. Plus no unions, pensions, patronage or “forced” overtime.

  9. Johnie Jazz says:

    rags, Blackwater? I don’t think they exist any more. You really need to get out more and stop reading and watching HuffingJoke, DailyKooks and MSLSD as your only source of information.

    The city really doesn’t do a good job with fire/police (or anything) should maybe outsourcing it should be looked at. Yes. I am good with that.

  10. rags says:

    JJ – I’m not trying to be silly – but why wouldn’t we consider outsourcing our public security. The public program we are forced to work with works ok but is very expensive and I think we can all agree it is very inefficient with its use of paid overtime details. I also bet we would not have to pay a bonus for “perfect attendance”

  11. ritepride says:

    Historically outsourcing is a scam on saving $$$. City street sweeping prime example. DPW Comm. Stan Koty told the aldermen that it was too expensive to maintain the city’s sweepers. Thus they contracted [privatized] city street sweeping.

    Yes the 1st year of the contract it would be cheaper but the 2nd/3rd years of the contract the cosst would rise to the level it was originally costing the city to operate its own sweepers.

    Last year the city purchased street sweeper parts and brushes, were they for the contractor? NO! The sweepers that DPW Comm. Koty said were too expensive to operate still exist and are operated by the DPW to sweep the squares and after all of the mayor’s street festivals, road races, etc. So Koty Lied and guess who’s footing the bill for this con game? We the taxpayers! All so “white envelopes” can be delivered to the political group on Central Hill. So all outsourcing does is costs the taxpayers Big Buck$. We cannot afford it.

  12. Stop hiring entire families, that would be a good start, it creates problems.
    Maybe we should hire police who live in other towns and maybe we could keep a chief longer than a few years.

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