Written by Kelly Kaczala
November 20, 2009
Oregon city council on Monday will consider giving a 2 ½ percent raise to the city’s full-time and part-time non-bargaining employees.
The increase would be retroactive to July 1 of this year. Effective in 2010, all non-bargaining employees’ pay ranges would increase by 2 percent.
“These are our department heads, our professional, technical and supervisory employees,” said Mayor Marge Brown at a committee of the whole committee last Monday. “This is pretty much in line with all the unions,” she added.
Administrator Ken Filipiak said the only employees who have not had their contracts renegotiated and approved are the part-time firefighters. “I believe we’ll be in a position, hopefully to actually introduce legislation, to complete that contract by next Monday,” he said.
The full-time and part-time non-bargaining employees’ contract represents a 4 ½ percent raise over the next two years, whereas other city contracts cover a three year period, with re-openers in the second or third year, said Filipiak.
“But this strictly applies only to the next two years. The assumption is that council could give consideration after two years to something in a third year or beyond that,” said Filipiak.
Filipiak said he and Law Director Paul Goldberg reached a tentative agreement with the part-time firefighters association, who were expected to vote on their contract on Tuesday.
“If that passes, we’d like council to consider bringing that forward as early as the next regular council meeting,” said Filipiak.
Also on Monday, council will consider revising the compensation plan for Law Director Paul Goldberg. Goldberg’s contract includes a salary of $40,614 for attendance at all council meetings, telephone consultations with the mayor, council and administrators, travel time within the county, and attendance at professional meetings or seminars within the county as the law director.
In addition to his salary, Goldberg can bill the city $128.60 per hour for legal services to the city.
Included in the contract is compensation for assistant law director Phillip Wurster of $119.10 per hour for legal services to the city.