Summarizing City’s Initial Recommended Contract Conditions with General Employees

It is very hard to keep track of the multiplicity of benefits received by the general employees of the City of Coral Gables, but here is a rough list of the changes recommended by the City’s negotiators.
  • A 5% wage reduction;
  • A 2.5% merit increase instead of 5% merit increase;
  • Loyality payment reduced from 5% to 2.5%;
  • Eliminate $30/month for HMO coverage, a  $23.46/month reimbursement;
  • City will pay 80% of health insurance premium instead of 100%;
  • Eliminate payment for excess overtime hours;
  • Over night compensation increase reduced from 7% to 2.5%;
  • City may change assignment of cellular phones at its discretion;
  • A number of pension fund parameters changed including use of last five years average compensation and institution of the “rule of 80”, use of base income only, 2.25% benefit multiplier, increase of contribution from 5% to 10%; and
  • Tuition benefit reduced form $6,000 to $4,000 annually.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in financing development programs and projects

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