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Shelter Island, highway workers reach pact

Shelter Island Heights, one of the older parts

Shelter Island Heights, one of the older parts of Shelter Island, has many Victorian houses. (May 7, 2011) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Shelter Island’s town board has approved by a 4-1 vote a new three-year contract with its highway department workers.

The workers have been without a contract since Jan. 1, 2011. The new agreement calls for no pay hike in its first year, but instead provides a $500 bonus which does not count as a salary increase. It gives a 1.5 percent pay hike in the second year, and a 2 percent pay hike in the third year, and runs through Dec. 31, 2013.

There are about 20 workers in the highway department. New workers will be required to pay 20 percent of the cost of health benefits, while current workers will continue to pay 15 percent.

The town still has unresolved contracts with its police department and its CSEA white collar unit.

“We negotiated hard, but it was fair and reasonable,” Supervisor James Dougherty said. He said there would be no significant impact on the tax rate because of the contract.

There was no public discussion of the new contract before the vote Friday night. Councilman Paul Shepherd cast the only opposing vote.

Above: A roadway in Shelter Island Heights, one of the oldest parts of the island.


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