KINGSTON, NY — The aldermen are considering a new memorandum of understanding with the city’s Public Employees Association union that applies only to the position of environmental education and sustainability coordinator.
At a meeting on Wednesday, the city council’s finance and audit committee approved a resolution authorizing the agreement to place the city’s environmental education and sustainability coordinator position on a new pay scale. and notes created last year for CSEA members. The position had previously been excluded from the new salary and grade grid because it is occupied by Julie Noble.
Noble is married to Mayor Steve Noble, who proposed and helped negotiate CSEA’s salary and grade schedule changes.
City Comptroller John Tuey was tasked with negotiating the inclusion of the environmental education and sustainability coordinator in the union’s new schedule.
Under the agreement, Julie Noble’s position would be assigned as “Grade 5”. The change would require the city to transfer $5,667 from its provident fund to pay for the related increase in salaries and benefits.
The resolution to approve the deal still needs to be voted on by the full council, which meets again next month.
The Memorandum of Understanding reached last year amended the 2017-2020 CSEA contract to provide a new salary grid and related provisions. The new salary scale reduced the 18 job grades to seven, adjusting the salaries paid.
The increases ranged from around 3 to 10 per cent for union members, with the lowest paid among them receiving the highest increases, the mayor had previously told aldermen. He said increases for CSEA members also triggered a corresponding increase for managers, resulting in an average increase of 7% for those employees.
The union’s current contract expired on December 31, 2020.