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Calexico council expected to resolve impasse with employees

February 19, 2001|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Resolution to an impasse between this city and a city employees' association over an employment contract is expected during a City Council meeting here Tuesday.

An impasse hearing will be conducted in open session by the Calexico City Council, which will hear from representatives of the miscellaneous employees' association and the city.

With the miscellaneous employees opting against using a state mediator, the City Council can resolve the impasse Tuesday night to the liking or disliking of either side.

The impasse came about after the city's remaining bargaining units representing city police officers, firefighters, supervisors and water and wastewater plant operators agreed to a 7-percent raise that included 3 percent paid retroactively to July, 3 percent retroactive to September and 1 percent that took effect in January.

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The miscellaneous employees were being offered only 4-percent because of a 3-percent bilingual stipend awarded to the association last year.

The city wants to convert last year's bilingual stipend into a cost-of-living increase and apply it to this year's raise.

Miscellaneous association representatives have said the association will not agree to that.

Association president Gloria Grijalva has said the association is open to accepting the 4-percent raise if the association's longevity pay is increased.

At the start of Tuesday's meeting, the City Council is expected to convene in executive session to discuss issues pertaining to the contract talks, with the public hearing to follow upon reconvening in open session.

In other city business, the council is being asked to:

l approve the second reading of the "big box" ordinance aimed at limiting the amount of non-taxable items a discount department store of more than 150,000 square feet can sell; and

l discuss on the construction of a new water-treatment plant at Bowker and Cole roads.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

Staff Writer Richard Montenegro can be reached at 337-3453.

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