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Babylon Town, union praise new contract

Babylon town trustees Tuesday approved a four-year contract with the union representing about 157 employees from the town’s Department of Public Works. The contract for the first time calls for workers to contribute to their health insurance costs for the length of employment.

The contract also provides for yearly cost-of-living salary increases ranging from 2 percent in 2012 to 2.5 percent in 2016.

Representatives from the town and Local 237 Teamsters union hailed the agreement.

“This contract is fair to both the town and its employees,” Andrew Moesel, a union spokesman, wrote in an emailed statement. “It sets Babylon on a course for long-term prosperity while protecting the rights of workers who make it a great place to live.”

A town spokesman called the agreement one “that both parties can be proud to support.”

Employees hired after the agreement’s ratification who make a base pay of less than $40,000 will contribute 15 percent of the cost of their health insurance; those who make more than $40,000 will contribute 25 percent.

In other business, board members scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall to cover further regular town business before the year’s end. It will likely be Steve Bellone’s last meeting as town supervisor before he assumes his Suffolk County executive duties on Jan. 1.

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