Acting Borough Manager Bud Cassidy gave this background on the group.
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed pay benefits for borough employees during Thursday’s regular meeting. Longevity pay and sick leave compensation were on the agenda for non unionized borough employees, a recommendation from the Working Conditions Advisory Group.
(Borough Pay 1 :31 “This is a recommendation of what’s
called the Working Conditions Advisory Group. That’s a group that’s
composed of employees not covered under the union contract and are
composed of department heads, supervisors and members of the clerks
office. It was an organization that was created under the borough
adopted personnel manual. In the manual it talks about how the committee
can negotiate directly with the assembly on these issues and the
assembly in good faith can choose to vote on these recommendations.
Obviously there’s no obligation on your part to adopt any of the
suggestions that are brought before you.”)
Longevity pay was
first up for discussion, and Assemblyman Tuck Bonney said it makes sense
to reward the borough’s long-term employees and attract future
-- (Borough Pay 2 :36
“I do support this ordinance. Some of the people at the borough haven’t
had a raise in 12 years and I don’t think it’s right. I don’t think
it’s right that you get to a certain level and you can’t make any more.
If you’re good at what you do, and I think some of the borough staff is
real good at what they do, they should have some mechanism so they can
get a raise, and not just flat for the rest of your life. So I don’t
have a problem, because if we’re going to keep good people here at the
borough we’re going to have to pay them. And I feel strongly that we
need to keep good people here at the borough and we need to be able to
hire good people and I think this ordinance would do both those things,
The ordinance dealing with longevity pay was
ultimately passed by the assembly five to one. Assemblyman Mel Stephens
voted against the ordinance, and said he would vote against sick leave
compensation for many of the same reasons.
Pay 3 : 46 “The cost has been estimated for non union
employees, it is a very large cost, almost a quarter million dollars.
And while it is phrased in terms of it would cost us $244, 000 if every
such employee quit today, the plain fact is that by passing this
ordinance we will be immediately taking on a potential $244,000
additional obligations. And there’s no estimate of what it means if it
applies to all borough employees, not just non union employees, and once
again you are just whistling by the graveyard if you think this isn’t
going to be right on the next negotiating set of demands of the unioin
While Stephens was the sole vote against
longevity pay, he wasn’t the only one against sick leave compensation.
Assemblyman Tuck Bonney spoke up against the ordinance after he received
some clarification from Cassidy.
-- (Borough Pay 4
:20 “Question for Bud is do union employees get occurred sick
leave. Mr. Mayor, Mr. Bonney, if you’re asking is the rate of sick leave
they earned the same…well no can they save it up and cash it out? No.
No one can save it up, we’re all under the same rules and regulations.
So the union employees can’t do it either? Correct. I will be voting no
In the end, the assembly was split on what to do and Borough Mayor Jerome Selby was asked to voice in on the matter.
-- (Borough Pay 5 :23 “Seeing none roll call vote please Madame clerk…Motion carried, 4-3.”)
Both ordinances will be revisited during the next regular meeting when
a public hearing will be held and assembly members will give a final
vote on the benefits.