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Mabton Council approves union contracts

MABTON - After nearly a year of contract negations, the city of Mabton finally came to an agreement on a contract with Teamsters, the union representing city employees.

In large part the contract will stay the same as previous years, with an added clause for employees who quit their jobs unexpectedly.

Mayor Angel Reyna says the contract states the employee must give at least a two-week notice to be eligible for a cash payout of time earned, such as vacation and other personal time.

Reyna says he also took the liberty of following in the footsteps of the City of Grandview's discipline policy when drafting the contract. The contract states the employer can discharge or suspend an employee for just cause, but only after the employee has received a written warning. That written warning also has to be given to the union representative within 14 days of when the warning was issued. If an employee is dishonest, drinking on the job, carrying unauthorized passengers in city vehicles, is insubordinate or is in possession of federally illegal substances a written warning note is not necessary for termination or suspension.

"This is just to give us a little more protection regarding disciplinary actions," Reyna said.

The Mabton City Council approved the contract with Teamsters Local No. 760, which represents nearly a dozen Mabton city employees.

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