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Contract set with third Farmington employee group

Three of four contracts have been settled with city of Farmington employees. Only the contract for Farmington’s police officers is still in negotiation.

On Monday, the Farmington City Council approved the union settlement with the city’s AFSCME Maintenance Unit. It was the third settlement approved since the beginning of the year. The AFSCME Clerical, Technical and Professional Unit settlement was approved Jan. 21, and a settlement with the Farmington Police Sergeants Association was approved Feb. 3.

Only the contract for the Law Enforcement Labor Services — the unit that represents Farmington’s police officers — has not been settled yet. On Monday, Farmington City Council members met in closed session to discuss the status of those negotiations.

The contracts that have been settled to date include increases across the board, according to records from the city of Farmington. The AFSCME Clerical, Technical and Professional contract increased by $21,000; of that, $16,000 is attributed to salary increase and the rest toward benefits. The police sergeants’ contracts included an increase of $11,500, with $8,800 going toward base salary increases.

The biggest increase in settlement costs comes in the maintenance contract approved Monday. That settlement meant an increase of $25,735 over 2013. Approximately $22,335 is for salary increases.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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