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Supervisors' contract rejected

WINSTED — After meeting in executive session Monday, June 15, the Winchester Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to reject a proposed contract for supervisors of town departments, citing poor economic conditions as a factor in the decision.

The proposed contract put forth by the supervisors union would have scaled back raises for the town assessor, building official, full-time fire department position, senior center director, sewer plant operator, tax collector and water plant operator. Selectmen said the concessions were not enough.

“I think based on current economic conditions — the financial condition of the town and the poor prospects for the ongoing economy — there is no way we can justify these kind of raises for town employees that are just going to be borne by taxpayers,” said Republican Selectman David Cappabianca.

The four-year contract offered by the supervisors union included a zero-percent raise for all employees for the first year, with a 2.5-percent raise the second year and 3-percent raises for each of the final two years. The union’s current contract, which expires June 30, has given the supervisors 3-percent raises annually.

The supervisors’ share of health insurance costs would have remained at 14 percent until 2012, when the contribution would increase to 15 percent. In their current contract, the supervisors’ share of health insurance costs has increased by 2 percent each year, from 8 percent to 14 percent.

Current salaries for supervisors range from $45,760 for the full-time firefighter to $71,281 for the sewer plant operator.

The supervisors union will have to renegotiate its contract with Town Manager Keith Robbins and the town’s labor attorney or the parties will face arbitration.

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