Press release from city Councilor Ken Cockayne:
In a statement released today by Republican City Councilman Ken Cockayne, the councilman thanked the Bristol teachers of their sacrifice in forgoing huge raises in their new contract and increasing there health care cost sharing.
“Our teachers, their union and the negotiating team for the Board of Education demonstrated their sensitivity by agreeing in these difficult economic times, to a minimal salary increase. Year one will have a 1.9% increase with no step advancement, year two 2.5% increase with half year step advancement and year three 2.5%. Local 1464 members also agreed to an increased cost sharing for health benefits, 12% effective July 1, 2009, 13% July 1, 2010 and 14% July 1, 2011. The prescription co-pays have also been increased.
A 3% salary increase, added to their current salary account in the Board of Education’s budget, would have cost tax payers nearly $2million. The Bristol tax payers can not afford to pay any more then they already are. On behalf on my constituents in the Second District, I want to say Thank You.,” Cockayne said
By contrast, the Mayor recently awarded the City Hall workers a 3% pay raise and for the first time, the City got the Union to accept a 4% cost share on their health benefits.
“While getting city hall employees to pay even 4% of their health benefits is a step in the right direction, it will do little to have any positive effect on the budget”, Cockayne said.
Cockayne added that if the GASB 45 issue is handled properly by the Mayor, the city unions can save the tax payers an additional $2 million, added to the savings the teacher’s contract yielded, that could save tax payers about a mill. “Wouldn’t that be a novel idea for City government”, Cockayne concluded.
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