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Grandview employees to forgo cost of living raises in 2011-12

GRANDVIEW - In what Mayor Norm Childress called a "very big victory for both sides," union employees in the city's public works and police departments will make do without a cost of living adjustment.

That's according to a wage and benefit settlement the city council approved last night, Tuesday.

The deal means that union - and by extension non-union - employees in the two departments will not receive cost-of-living wage increases in 2011 and 2012.

Childress praised employees for their cooperation during the city's tough financial times.

"It's a balancing act between paying people fairly and having no layoffs," Childress said.

The mayor also praised the city's department heads, who earlier in the year led the way by not seeking a cost-of-living increase and increased their insurance co-pay from $50 to $100.

Employees included in the contracts signed last night will keep their co-pay at $50.

In addition, there is a contingency that the city council will be receptive to negotiating a salary adjustment in 2012 if the city's financial position changes for the good.

In related news, Childress asked council to in the future consider establishing an adhoc committee to focus on employee benefit packages.

The committee would include a combination of council members and city employees.

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