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City approves contract with employee union

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After years of negotiations, the City of Shreveport finally has a contract, or collective bargaining agreement with the city workers union. Union President Cordell Allen says the collective bargaining agreement is a starting point. "This is what we negotiated toward, this is what we tried to have and I think we've accomplished that. That way when we renegotiate a contract, the things we liked before, we can have put in."

City councilman Michael Corbin says, he thinks it's a good thing for the city and for the employees. "It basically outlines everything employees have as far as holidays and benefits before they were recognized as a union. It doesn't give them anything more and doesn't take anything away."

The contract aims to work out things like salaries for the city workers union. But Allen says, it's not all about the money. "We formed the union and moved forward with the contract so that the employees would not be mistreated. We also got the contract so that the employees would have fair representation."

You may not see a difference now that we have an official union because Allen says they still have to work out a few kinks. But when it comes to those pay raises, Allen said, "That was one of the things that we negotiated that they couldn't give us in a contract, that we're still working towards."

 

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