Yakima’s Largest Union Approves Contract Agreement

Members of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) Local 1122 have approved a contract agreement.

It does not include any pay increases for 2013 but does provide each of the 264 City of Yakima employees represented by the union a one-time cash payment, an additional paid day off, and the ability to be reimbursed for a portion of their unused vacation time.

The Yakima City Council is scheduled to vote on the settlement agreement during its June 18 business meeting.

AFSCME Local 1122 is the Yakima's largest union. Its membership includes staff in nearly every city department.

In 2012, the union agreed to a three-year contract that also included no increase in base pay last year but does provide for “economic openers” in both 2013 and 2014.

Over the last few months, the union and City management have been working on an economic opener agreement to cover 2013.

Based on a count of ballots on June 10th, AFSCME Local 1122 members voted 115 to 38 in favor of the agreement under which each member will receive a one-time cash payment of $600, an additional “personal holiday”, and the ability to be reimbursed for up to one-third of their vacation time earned over the course of a year if it is not used.

Also included in the settlement is a commitment from City management to not pursue managed competition involving any jobs held by AFSCME Local 1122 employees for the remainder of 2013.

“The City’s relationship with AFSCME Local 1122 has really grown into a partnership,” said City Manager Tony O’Rourke.