The current contract expired on Dec. 31. If approved, the new contract will be retroactive to the start of this calendar year.
According to a memo from Human Resources Manager Marie Miller, the contract includes a 1.6 percent raise this year, and 2 percent raises for each of the following years.
The negotiated agreement also increases compensation for employees who are on call, and reduces the health insurance co-pay for union members by about $37. That will bring the monthly co-pay to $167 per month.
Miller estimates that the additional cost of the contract over three years will be about $340,000.
Traditionally, the City of Ketchikan provides similar pay and insurance adjustments to non-union employees following a successful negotiated agreement with IBEW. To that end, another motion on Thursday’s agenda would provide those benefits. Miller writes in a memo that the additional cost of that for the first year would be about $123,000.
Also Thursday, the Council will consider an $87,000 contract with Welsh Whiteley Architects to design the Centennial Building gallery expansion and restroom renovations. The aging city-owned Centennial Building houses the Tongass Historical Museum.
The Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.