Borough, supervisors agree to new deal

NAUGATUCK — After more than a year of negotiations, the borough and the union representing supervisors have come to terms on a new contract.

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses last week approved a three-year agreement with the Local 2001 Chapter 90 Supervisors Union. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2019.

The contract covers a dozen borough positions, including the building inspector, borough clerk and building custodial superintendent.

The overall cost of the contract will increase by $37,751, or 5.56 percent, according to information provided by Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess.

Over the life of the contract, wages will increase $61,458 or 9.05 percent. Under the contract, employees will receive a retroactive 2.5 percent raise for July 1, 2016. Employees will receive a 2.75 percent raise on July 1 and again on July 1, 2018.

The increase in wages will be offset by a $23,707 savings in insurance.

Under the contract, employees have the option to take a health benefit plan with a $25 co-pay and a $5/$25/$40 prescription drug cost through Dec. 31.

Employees also have the option of enrolling in a high deductible health plan with a $2,000/$4,000 annual deductible. The plan covers 100 percent of the costs, except for prescription drugs, once the deductible has been met.

The borough will cover 50 percent of the deductible until Dec. 31 for those who choose the high deductible health plan.

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, all employees will be moved to the high deductible health care plan. The borough will cover 45 percent of the deductible through December 2018 and 25 percent of the deductible in 2019, according to the contract.

Any employee in the union who retires prior to the age of 65 will receive the same health insurance options from the borough as an active employee, according to the contract. Once a retired employee turns 65 they may either remain with the borough-provided insurance or enroll in Medicare in lieu of the borough’s insurance.