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Batavia OKs 2 percent raises for two city unions

Updated: March 21, 2013 6:31AM

BATAVIA — Civilian personnel within the Police Department and public works employees in the street division will receive 2 percent pay raises over the next two years.

The City Council approved collective bargaining agreements this week with Teamsters Local Unit 673, representing records technicians and a community service officer in the Police Department, and IBEW Unit 196, representing public works employees in the Street Department.

The increases will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, and run through Dec. 31, 2014.

“These are, given the times we are in, very generous increases even though we as a city got some contract concessions — (but) at the same time they are wholly inadequate,” Alderman Jim Volk said.

The 4th Ward alderman said there are many residents in Batavia who have not seen a pay increase in several years.

“I think we are going to struggle to hold onto the quality people we have unless we can do a little bit more, but we are doing what we can without gouging the taxpayers — it is a tough place to be in,” Volk said.

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