After being without a contract for two years, Town Hall clerical staff and DPW workers have a new contract.
The agreement between Holmdel and the IAIW Local 1 approved by the governing body Thursday calls for a 2% raise in 2011, a 2% raise in 2012 and a 2.25% raise in 2013, said Mayor Patrick Impreveduto.
A second contract awards 2.25% raises each year through 2016, said Interim Township Administrator Maureen Doloughty.
Impreveduto said that the township's workers have seen their salaries reduced by the new, mandatory 1.5% of salary contribution to health insurance.
At the same time, they've had to take on additional workload without compensation after an estimated 8 full time staff positions were eliminated by reductions or attrition in the last two years.
"They deserve it," said the mayor. "They are not making a lot of money to start with. The raise they'll see at the end of the year is nominal. Very few of them will get even $1,000."
During the Hurricane Sandy crisis, Town Hall employees reported to work and served long hours without overtime, said Maureen Doloughty, who served as Township Clerk at that time.
Negotiations had been started by former Township Administrator Andy Katz, who recently resigned, but they were never concluded. The contract was negotiated by Doloughty, who is acting Administrator.