A major dispute between union workers and the city of Duluth has been settled, reports the Duluth News Tribune.
The paper said members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 66, were told Tuesday night that the city will offer starting-level positions to union-covered employees laid off last year. Rehired workers would receive their full salaries for six months. After that, their salaries would be reduced to the starting-level position.
“We’ll be working bottom-level, menial jobs,” said Erin Bates, a former recreation specialist, who said the positions include work as janitors, parking lot attendants and in maintenance and animal control. Some of the jobs had been left open, while others are newly created, Bates said she was told.
In exchange, the city will lay off its remaining temporary workers and will incorporate their duties into the positions offered to the full-time employees.
The deal, which is undergoing final tweaks by union and city leaders, would settle a grievance filed last year by the union when the city laid off 23 employees.