Barnstable wins pay increase, time for union orientation

The new contract for Local 888 members in the Barnstable County facilities includes a cost-of-living wage increase this fiscal year of 2 percent, plus a new “Step 8” that provides a 3 percent raise. In addition, the contract makes clear that the distribution of overtime will be done “equitably on a rotating seniority basis.” There will be additional COLA payments in upcoming years of the contract.

The new contract says that workers will receive overtime pay when working regular hours during a State of Emergency. In addition, there was an increase in longevity payments and uniform allowances.

Finally, one-half hour will now be allotted to provide union orientation for new employees.

For a copy of the hallmark union orientation language, Local 888 members can see their union rep or email myunion@seiu888.org

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