Shall the Town of Hampton vote to approve the cost items included in a three-year collective bargaining agreement reached between the Hampton Board of Selectmen and the State Employees’ Association, Inc., (SEA) Local 1984 (covering many Department of Public Works employees), which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing level:
2017 $ 74,207 (39 weeks) over 2016 level
2018 $ 101,290 (52 weeks) over 2017 level
2019 $ 83,354 (52 weeks) over 2018 level
2020 $ 16,974 (13 weeks) over 2019 level
And further to raise and appropriate the sum of $74,207 to fund the cost items related to the State Employees’ Association, Inc., (SEA) Local 1984 (covering many Department of Public Works employees) salaries and benefits for 2017. Such sum represents the additional salaries and benefits (over the 2016 budget level) for the first of the three years that are contained in a collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Hampton by its Board of Selectmen and the State Employees’ Association, Inc., (SEA) Local 1984 (Department of Public Works Employees), pursuant to N.H. RSA 273-A. The compounded, cumulative cost impact over the three contract years of the agreement is estimated to be $534,042? (Majority vote required)
What it means: A “yes” vote approves the salary increases negotiated via the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Agreement provides a 3% salary increase for each of the 3 years, starting in 2017.
Those in favor say: This agreement is for many of the Dept. of Public Works “line and grade” employees who start at $14/hour.
Those against say: No one spoke against this Article at Deliberative Session.
Fiscal Impact: The average Hampton home valued at $404,000 would bear an increased tax cost of $8.89 in 2017; and (if total property valuations and exemptions remained the same) $12.13 in 2018; $9.98 in 2019 and $2.03 for 2020 at current staffing levels