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By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell's salaries: a look at the numbers


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These tables, provided to the Wrangell Assembly by the city's finance office during its FY18 budget workshop held last month, indicate the most recent hourly step and grade levels on the wage table for both unionized (top) and non-unionized (bottom) positions. In a decision made on June 20 adopting the city's last best offer to its public utilities union, beginning July 1 the bottom six steps of the upper table will be dropped with three added on at the top, and a $0.75 increase added across the board. Employees currently on the bottom six steps would be bumped up to the current Step 7. IBEW Local 1547 had rejected this offer on June 9, preferring its own proposal, the only difference being a $2.50 increase across the board. Following the Assembly's adoption of its wage offer the union's bargaining unit has gone on strike as of June 22, and had filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state the following day.

With the public employees' union going on strike late last week, numbers have proven a key issue in the ongoing debate over fair compensation.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 – which represents 24 of the City and Borough of Wrangell's staff – has proposed a new collective bargaining agreement that would include a $2.50 hourly increase across the board for its member employees. The city's offer of $0.75 an hour's increase appears slight by comparison, but how much would each actually cost?

Calculating income

In discussions now for almost three years, the ma...

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