Stillwater Workers Grab City’s Attention | AFSCME Council 5

Local 517 members John Nobels, Beth Wolf, and Sheila Weigand demonstrate outside Stillwater City Hall.

With a standing-room-only crowd as an audience, Stillwater employees told the City Council Tuesday night that the city has dragged its feet long enough in settling its union contracts. As the council prepared to approve its tax levy for 2013, members and supporters of AFSCME Local 517 lined the steps outside City Hall for more than an hour, then lined the walls of the packed council chambers to make their point. “It’s impossible to have an accurate budget without knowing your labor costs,” Brad Junker, a police community service officer, told the council. “But today, all of the city’s union contracts remain open.” The contract for Local 517 expired a year ago. City negotiators continue to insist that workers must swallow a fourth straight year without a pay raise, but must also pay all increases in health insurance costs.

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