City Groups Meet with City Council to Discuss Concerns
COLUMBIA - The City Council held a meet-and-confer discussion with employee groups Monday evening in the Columbia City Hall.
In the discussion, representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Laborers Local 773 and the Columbia Police Officers Association met to express concerns over pay and employees' rights.
The representative of IBEW asked the city council to create a new pay schedule so the gap between high-income and low-income workers will become closer.
Laborers Local 773 asked for a new contract for better representation to enforce its employees' rights in the work place. Its representative said although they signed an agreement with the city, the old contract had not beed updated since 1982.
The Columbia Police Officers Association aksed permission to change the salaries in the Police Department so higher ranking officers will make more money than newly hired officers.
The city council hasn't scheduled a new meeting to make a final decision on the issue. The representatives say they hope the current problems can be fixed soon. After the city makes a decision, an outside party may come in for further mediation.