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City and Union Agree on Overhaul of Wage System

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A new contract between the city of Bend and its employee union marks a significant victory for the city, but also generates higher wages for staff.

The Bend City Council unanimously approved the three-year contract at its Wednesday night meeting. The contract had already been approved by the City of Bend Employees Association, or COBEA.

In total, the city expects the agreement to cost an additional $715,000 over the next two years beyond the $29.6 million it had already budgeted for personnel. However, some health insurance costs could be lower than budgeted, helping to offset that amount.

Of particular note, this new agreement creates an “exceptional pay for performance” program, which would provide a 10 percent increase in pay for employees going above and beyond.

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