The city of Madison could save $2 million under a proposed contract with its largest union, a deal made possible after a court ruling this month put portions of the state’s collective bargaining law on hold.
An agreement with AFSCME Local 60, which represents about 1,100 workers, is set to go before the union and the City Council this week.
The deal, which would run from March 2014 to March 2015, would let the city reduce wages or health benefits by up to 3 percent. That amounts to about $2 million, Mayor Paul Soglin said Saturday.
The contract would prevent further cuts and preserve union rights the state law would take away, such as grievance arbitration, AFSCME Local 60 staff representative Jennifer McCulley said.
“What we got out of it was the security of having everything in place for one more year,” McCulley said.
Soglin said the agreement would let the city maintain service levels while extending the life of the union. “A strong union is a valuable asset in a public workplace,” he said.
Will the Madison Metropolitan School District soon follow?