MOORHEAD — Union contracts with 183 Moorhead city employees for 2021 could be wrapped up "very soon" with three agreements already reached providing raises of 2.25% and two remaining, according to city Human Resources Director Amy Settergren.
The two remaining contracts to be negotiated are with the 48 police officers in Local 69 of the Law Enforcement Labor Services and with the largest union group of 98 employees who work across almost all of the city departments and belong to Local 1450 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The latest package was approved Monday night by the Moorhead City Council with three battalion chiefs in the Moorhead Fire Department who are associated with the International Association of Fire Fighters.
The mid-range salary for the battalion chiefs is $93,629. The mid-range salary in the unions is in the sixth year of employment.
Settergren said health insurance and other facets to the contract, as well as with the other two agreements settled, were pretty much "status quo" except for the pay raise.
"There were no major changes," she said.
Settergren works with labor attorney Brandon Fitzsimmons of St. Paul in the negotiations with union leaders. The assistant city manager has been involved in past negotiations, too, but the position is currently vacant after Dan Mahli was promoted to city manager.
The other two contracts were approved earlier this year.
The first contract approved in January was with the 11 sergeants and lieutenants in the city's police department. The mid-range salary for sergeants is $83,116, and it's $97,421 for lieutenants. Sergeants start at a salary of $68,327 and in the 11th year can earn as much as $97,611. For lieutenants, the pay in the first year is $80,087 and runs up each year to $114,411 in the 11th year.
The other contract approved was with the 31 firefighters in the city's fire department and was agreed upon in February. The mid-range salary for firefighters is $62,949.
Settergren said contracts can be signed for one to three years by law. All of this year's contracts were for one year and followed three-year packages approved in 2018.