Oswego Council Amends SEIU Contract

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council unanimously voted to amend the new collective bargaining agreement between the city and SEIU Local 200-United union.

The one-year agreement provides for an adjustment for the payment of dental insurance for covered employees to the SEIU Local-200 Benefit Fund retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011, and an increase to the monthly health insurance premium contribution paid by covered employees effective Feb. 1, 2012.

“In the contract there is wording that specifies the city will pay toward the union’s dental insurance. This clarifies the language to provide for us to cover the cost of the dental insurance as long as the cost never exceeds the cost of the city’s insurance,” explained Rita Tickle, personnel director. “Now, we don’t have to revisit this all the time.”

The employees’ contribution will go from 8 percent to 8.5 percent as of Feb. 1, she added.

Councilors also scheduled two public hearings for Feb. 14.

The first public hearing, set for 7:05 p.m., is in regard to a request for a zone change from an R-3 residential to a B-1 Neighborhood Business at 218 W. Eighth St.

At 7:10 p.m., the second public hearing will deal with a request for a zone change from an R-3 Residential to a B-1 Neighborhood Business at 134 through 140 E. 13th St.

Councilors will likely vote on the requests during the regular meeting later that night.

The council forward Oswego County Federal Credit Union’s request for a zone change to the Planning Board for its advisory opinion. The business is looking to add a new credit union site at East Bridge and Fourth streets, where St. Louis Church once stood.

The credit union is seeking a change from an R-3 Residential District to a B-2 Central Business District.

This is just to get an advisory opinion from the board, said Councilor Mike Myers. It isn’t to approve the zone change, he added.