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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Mill Creek Reaches Tentative Agreement with AFSCME Union

The City of Mill Creek has reached a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the union representing its municipal employees, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Bargaining parties signed a tentative agreement on July 20, which AFSCME will present it to its membership this week for a vote. Once the entire membership votes to approve the tentative agreement, a formal contract will be presented to the City Council for final approval.

“This is significant news for the City, and we appreciate the work on both sides that helped us get to this point,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “Management takes very seriously the desire to provide good working conditions, wages and benefits while doing so within the City’s financial means.”

The tentative agreement falls within the City’s adopted 2017-2018 biennium budget and does not require a budget amendment.

As part of the City’s goal to be fiscally responsible, Polizzotto has taken the approach to not make business decisions in isolation. “We must look at the aggregate impact on the budget and our projected financial forecast,” she noted.

For example, in addition to increasing costs on goods and services, this year has brought contract negotiations between the City and Fire District 7, a new collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME, and the start of negotiations with the Mill Creek Police Officers’ Guild. Other moving parts, such as the SNOCOM/SNOPAC consolidation, have significant financial implications.

“All parts of our financial picture are interconnected. To continue to progress as a City, we must broaden our view,” said Polizzotto. “We didn’t balance our budget and obtain a net fund increase in the last biennium by focusing on one part of the organization at a time. We must make informed decisions to position us well for today and for years to come.”
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