Bainbridge city hall reaches agreement on new union contract with employees

Bainbridge Island city employees are expected to get a new three-year contract.

The Bainbridge council will consider giving City Manager Morgan Smith the green light to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the city’s members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

The IAMAW represents 77 city employees.

The new agreement with the union will run from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2022.

The contract provides for wage increases in all three years of the agreement. Wages will rise by 2.5 percent next year, and approximately 2 percent in 2021 and 2022, according to the city.

Other changes from the previous contract include an additional vacation day for employees with 10 years or more of service, a new classification for utilities technician, a provision for the city to pay long-term disability insurance premiums, and a reduced limit on the accrual of compensatory time. There will also be a new limit on standby comp time.

The new contract covers employees that include the court security officer for the municipal court, the police department’s evidence technician, Bainbridge’s parking enforcement officer, senior police clerk, judicial specialists, administrative specialists, mechanics, permit specialists, accountants and senior accounting technician, payroll specialist, land-use planners and associate planners, construction planner, engineering project manager, engineers, senior IT specialist, survey program manager, senior plan check engineer, water resources technician, deputy city clerk, arborist and others.

The city council will review the contract at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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