After lengthy negotiations, Warrenton and the union representing general city employees have reached an agreement.
City Manager Linda Engbretson is still negotiating contracts with the police department, however. Warrenton police officer Tyler Johnston, who is on the bargaining team, spoke during a City Commission meeting Tuesday night. He said they are stuck on wages, lateral hiring, scheduling and compensation for certain additional duties, among other items.
“We really would just like to be able to move forward and to continue to talk to the city and to get closer to a position that we believe is equitable to all members of our bargaining unit and for the city,” Johnston said.
Engbretson reported several highlights about the contracts successfully negotiated, including a 2 percent cost of living adjustment and changes in the Public Works Department. Public works employees who are required to be on call will see a slight increase in what they are paid, and, going forward, the department will have the ability to provide additional hours beyond its usual working hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mayor Henry Balensifer thanked Engbretson for her “dedicated hard work.”
“I think that we have made a very amiable agreement that meets both the administration’s needs, the city’s needs, as well as the workers’ needs,” he said.