Tacoma: Council executes new contract with Teamsters Local 117, calling for pay raises amid grim budget forecast
Tacoma’s City Council unanimously executed a new contract for 239 city employees across various departments today — an agreement that will cost the city about $125,000 more per year in pay raises covered by the next general fund budget.
The council’s action will increase pay for Teamsters Local Union No.117 bargaining unit members by 2.7 percent next year, including raises for 34 employees who are paid out of the financially strapped general fund.
The move comes amid a projected $60 million budget shortfall in 2013-14.
Several council members stressed this week that, despite a new contract with pay raises, the …