Another bargaining unit, representing 68 city employees, voted Tuesday to approve a tentative agreement providing concessions to help the city deal with an anticipated $25 million budget shortfall related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Noah Schuchman, Duluth's chief administrative officer, issued a statement, saying: “The city of Duluth can confirm that we have reached a memorandum of understanding with the City of Duluth Supervisory Association, pending City Council approval. This agreement helps to relieve financial pressure on the city's budget as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city would like to thank CDSA for their partnership.”
The Duluth City Council has scheduled a special meeting at noon Thursday to vote on proposed amendments to the association's collective bargaining agreement.
If approved, the amended contract would freeze pay for anticipated wage, step and longevity increases. It also would require members of the association to take off six unpaid work days this year and 12 more in 2021.
The memo of understanding offers incentives for the association's members to retire.
The agreement provides that should the city's budget outlook significantly improve, contract negotiations will reopen.
The association's concessions are consistent with those agreed to in early June by AFSCME Local 66, the city's largest collective bargaining unit representing about 500 city employees.