After a long year of contract negotiations, Rockford city workers have finally approved a contract for health care and wages. Health insurance was a key point holding up the decision. Tonight, a compromise.
It's a four year contract that effects three chapters of local 1058 AFSCME. 222 of the 360 workers effected by the contract turned out to vote today. They were in a closed meeting from 10 a.m. until 9:00 tonight.
In the agreed-upon contract, health insurance for singles will stay the same at $30 a month. Family insurance will increase by $10 a pay period, that's up to $90 a month.
For the first two years of the plan, wages will increase by three and a half percent. They'll go up four percent in the latter two years.
Union workers are satisfied for the most part. They say it's the best they could have done.