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Elburn Public Works contract raises salaries and modifies overtime rules

ELBURN – A four-year labor contract approved by the village board July 16 adjusts public works employees’ hourly rates to meet market standards and makes a change in how overtime pay is calculated.

The contract is the second one negotiated between the village and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters local 673; the first took place three years ago, according to Village Administrator John Nevenhoven. It covers five of the eight full-time public works employees, the village’s wastewater plant operator and four laborers.

The contract, once signed by both parties, will be effective retroactively, beginning May 1, 2018, the start of the village’s fiscal year, and running through April 30, 2022.

Nevenhoven said that a salary survey the village conducted found the employees’ salaries to be less than the market, so they were adjusted by 6.9 percent.

Effective with the new contract, current laborers’ salaries range from $20.55 per hour to $21.25 per hour and the wastewater plant operator’s rate is $33.35 per hour. A newly hired laborer will be paid $19.30 per hour, the rate agreed to for new employees under the contract.

Rate increases for 2019 and 2020 are set at 2.5 percent and for 2021 at 2.75 percent, and all new public works laborers will start out at $19.30 per hour.

According to Nevenhoven, the main feature of the contract is a change in the overtime rules. Paid time off now will be included when counting hours worked to determine when overtime will be paid. Overtime is paid for hours worked over 40 in a given week.

“It’s a good contract for both sides,” Nevenhoven said. “Neither side got everything they wanted.”

The Public Works Superintendent Phil VanBogaert, administrative assistant, foreman and two part-time public works employees are not covered under the contract.

In other meeting issues, Police Pension Board member Jan Carlson has resigned from his position on the board, leaving an opening for the village president to fill.