Supervisors' contract rejected
WINSTED â€” 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.
â€œI think based on current economic conditions â€” the financial condition of the town and the poor prospects for the ongoing economy â€” there is no way we can justify these kind of raises for town employees that are just going to be borne by taxpayers,â€ 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 unionâ€™s current contract, which expires June 30, has given the supervisors 3-percent raises annually.
The supervisorsâ€™ 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 supervisorsâ€™ 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 townâ€™s labor attorney or the parties will face arbitration.