Wage adjustments for Village of Westfield Members
The Village of Westfield is a small community in southwestern New York with 29 members in the Streets, Water/Sewer, Police, Clerical/Janitorial and Electrical departments.
Our members enjoy a good benefits package, their wages, however, have fallen behind. Through the years they have settled for small across the board wage increases, usually $.30 or less and some years having no wage increase at all.
The contract was up June 1, 2019, we were able to get a two-year contract extension with a $.45 minimum wage increase each year and an agreement that the wages of all classifications would be reviewed and adjusted to bring our members more in line with other similar municipalities. Other enhancements to the contract were to eliminate the 90% wage rate for new employees on their probation period, and eliminating the language of members hired on or after June 1, 2016, being required to pay a portion of their healthcare premium.
This was a huge stride to make, being able to incorporate these enhancements without opening up the contract and putting their current contract language at risk.
To this date, all departments have agreed to the Villages wage increase proposals with the exception of the Electrical Department and Police Department.
The departments that have accepted the Village wage proposals have gotten back pay to June 1, 2019, many realize a wage increase up to a maximum of $2.85 per hour.
The Electrical Department will have an arbitrator identified, all information will be presented and the arbitrator will give their opinion on the proper wage increase for the department.
The Police Department is continuing to review the proposed offer, if accepted it will be on the agenda for approval at the January meeting of the Village Board, if the department decides not to accept they will be included in the arbitration with the Electrical Department.