A couple of months after agreeing to a labor contract with its firefighters union, the city of Fort Dodge now has an agreement with its uniformed workers as well. City council approved a two-year contract agreement with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees council 61. The deal give workers a 1.25 percent raise on July 1, a 2 percent raise on January 1, and a 2.25 percent raise on July 1 of 2014. In addition, workers will be required to pay 8 percent of their health insurance premiums. City HR Director Jim Vollmer says the contract is consistent with the current market:
Vollmer said the AFSCME workers had been working without a contract since August of last year, when the United Steel Workers union decertified. The city an union representatives began negotiating the contract in November.