Union Township supervisors approved a seven-year contract with six road workers last night. The road workers are members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. Terms of the contract include a 40-cent per hour raise for each year of the agreement. Future contracts will run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Supervisors Chairman Clair Damon said this contract is retroactive to Nov. 15, 2006, when the union’s previous agreement expired. Wages currently range from $15.34 per hour for a laborer to $19.50 per hour for the top paid worker: mechanic, welder and inspector. The contract also makes provisions to pay non-union, summer help workers $8 per hour. There are currently no summer workers employed, Damon said. He said this extended labor agreement differs from the six-year township police labor contract that he sued to overturn when he took office. “That (police) contract took away a lot of our management rights,” he said. “This one only covers wages.” Damon said few other changes are included. The other supervisors, Kevin Guinaugh and Pat Angiolelli, agreed that the contract is good for the township. “This long-term agreement will save money for the township in the long run,” Angiolelli said.

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