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City Council Votes to Pay Grievance

Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 5:30 am

The Pine City Council agreed to pay a grievance filed by a Public Works employee at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.  The city will pay the employee roughly $40.

The violation occurred on May 22nd.  According to the grievance, the city directed Summer Park and Rec Temporary Workers to take the bucket truck out and put up street banners, which would have been a two-hour call out for Public Works employee Matt Rootkie.

Jo Musel Parr represented AFSMCE Council 65 at the meeting.  She said Rootkie should have received the call before the Park and Rec employees.

Parr describes the grievance:

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The banners were supposed to be delivered at 11 a.m on May 22nd, however, they arrived late and the Public Works Foreman was not able to hang them.  Parr says what the city should do in a case like this is either force the Foreman to stay and hang the banner, paying overtime hours, or call Rootkie for a two-hour-call out.

Pine City Administrator Don Howard said the Public Works Foreman said he had a prior engagement that afternoon and asked to go home early. Howard said he takes responsibility for some of the managing of the situation, but added that he does not think paying overtime is the best way to use tax payer money.

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The council passed the decision with a 3-2 vote.  Council members Paul Miller and Dylan Ascheman voted no.  Paul Janssen, Brian Scholin, and Mayor Jane Robbins voted yes.

Mayor Robbins:

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