Town of Seymour Supervisors Unanimously Approve Tentative Agreement
Updated On: Apr 11, 2018
UPSEU is pleased to announce a five-year contract extension between the Town of Seymour and the Seymour Supervisors bargaining unit. The agreement—which includes a wage market adjustment for every bargaining unit member—is a major accomplishment considering the trend in arbitration decisions and the state’s financial challenges. Amongst other benefits, the bargaining unit was able to obtain above market yearly wage increases, which are independent of the market adjustments; below market increases to medical insurance premiums during the term of the extension; and an improvement to clothing allowance benefits for impacted members.
Heading into contract negotiations, UPSEU and the unit leadership conducted a job study on behalf of the Town of Seymour Supervisors, which revealed that our members were vastly under paid for the work that they have been doing. The Town also conducted an independent job study, which confirmed UPSEU’s findings.
UPSEU Chief Negotiator Matt Geer stated: “the negotiations were a success as the Town recognized the pay disparity and finally addressed it on behalf of our hard working members. These pay adjustments were long overdue and is definitely a big step in the right direction. I applaud our membership for standing united on this issue, especially our unit President, Paul Wetowitz for his commitment, input, and efforts throughout the process.” The agreement is also a testament to collaboration between UPSEU and the Town, and a prime example of the kind of results that can be achieved when negotiations are driven by strong labor relations. Moreover, UPSEU would like to congratulate the Seymour Supervisors on their new contract, and for their hard work which made this outcome possible.