By RICK GREEN
The Laconia Daily Sun
LACONIA — The 16 members of a Public Works Department bargaining unit will get an immediate 1 percent pay raise and another 1 percent hike on Jan. 1, the City Council has decided.
The contract confirmed by the council Monday covers equipment operators, truck drivers and laborers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Their salaries range from about $15 an hour for an inexperienced laborer without a commercial license to about $25 for an experienced general equipment operator.
The pay hike under the 12-month contract is the same as given to administrative and technical employees and firefighters. The Laconia Police Officers union and the city are still negotiating on a new contract.
Like the other groups, the Public Works employees are going to a new health plan. The co-pay for a doctor's office visit will increase from $20 to $25. The contract also includes money for experience step increases and hikes for retirement, Social Security and Medicare, a clothing allowance and an educational stipend.
Increases in the contract will cost $20,492.
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