City Employees Present Collective Bargaining Proposal To City Officials
(Le Mars) — City employees presented to Le Mars city officials their initial proposal for the collective bargaining position on Monday morning. The city employees were being represented by Police Officer Jeff Kramer, and Officer John Kaskie, along with two employees of the Le Mars Public Library, Shelby Holbrook and Ranelle Irwin. Representing the city of Le Mars were Mayor Dick Kirchoff, Council members Rex Knapp and Mike Donlin, along with city administrator Jason Vacura and city finance director, Jacob Widman. City employees are requesting a contract for one year that would begin on July 1, 2022 and continue through June 30, 2023. Le Mars city employees are proposing to eliminate base pay from the wage schedule. The city employees bargaining unit is also proposing to eliminate the first wage schedule for police patrolmen. The city employees bargaining unit is proposing a wage adjustment of $3.00 an hour increase in the wage schedule for police officers and other city employees. After the wage adjustment is figured. The city employees are also proposing an eight percent increase for police officers and other city employees. This would take effect on July 1, 2022. City employees would also like to see a raise in longevity pay of 5.7 percent for years of service. Officers in the patrolman category shall receive top patrolman rate at four years completion of service. After six years of service, patrolmen are eligible for Senior patrol officer status, subject to Police Chief recommendation. Employees shall advance on the salary schedule as follows:
Step 1 Level at hiring date
Step 2 25-26 months
Step 3 36-48 months
Step 4 48 months plus
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Grassley Says California Governor Can Help Solve The Supply Chain Problem
(Washington) — U-S Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa addressed the supply chain issue during his weekly news conference with news media. Grassley was asked if the federal government could do anything to help alleviate the congestion of freighter ships that are anchored in the Los Angeles harbor filled with supplies and products waiting to be unloaded? Grassley informed the news reporters that he discussed the same issue with the Iowa Home Builders Association.
Grassley says in order to make a real difference, California Governor Gavin Newsome would need to waive or ease up on the environmental, and other regulations, placed on the nation’s trucking industry.
The Iowa Republican Senator says the federal government is limited on how much assistance can be offered to help the problem
He says part of the problem started when the state and federal governments paid unemployment benefits that were higher than an employee’s normal paycheck.
Grassley says the bottleneck of the supply chain is what is driving up inflation.