Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The current agreement between the City of Lake Forest Park and the Teamsters Local #117 expired on December 31, 2015. City Administration and the Teamsters Local #117 have been negotiating for a successor agreement since October, 2015. Tentative agreement was reached in early February 2016. The three-year contract provides for 1.6% wage adjustment in 2016, a 2% wage adjustment in 2017, and a 2.5% wage adjustment in 2018.
“This Agreement keeps the City on a sustainable financial path, with modest wage increases that grow as the economy recovers,” said Mayor Jeff Johnson. “I want to applaud our maintenance workers for negotiating a contract that is good for their membership, but keeps the City on solid financial footing.”
John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local #117, said,
“The Teamsters are pleased to reach this Agreement with the City of Lake Forest Park”. “We worked with the City to reach an agreement that contained a wage and benefit package that met our members’ needs as well as the City’s need for cost control to achieve stability in jobs and public services for the next 3 years.”
The Public Works Department provides a wide variety of services to the citizens of Lake Forest Park and to the City of Kenmore through a contract. The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance, operation and repair of the city’s streets, surface water infrastructure, buildings and grounds facilities, parks, sanitary sewer, and 24/7 emergency response. Teamsters Local #117 represents 11 maintenance workers in the Public Works Department.