York City has a new contract with one of the five unions that represent many of its employees.

The York City Council unanimously approved the Teamsters' contract at Tuesday's meeting.

"Both parties made concessions. Both parties got things," said Tom Ray, the city's deputy business administrator for human resources.

According to the city's 2014 budget, 58 of the city's 364 employees are members of the Teamsters union.

Full-time Teamsters members earn an average of $41,493, according to the budget.

This year, the city will pay its full-time employees a total of about $19.5 million. Teamsters' salaries account for about $2.4 million of that amount.

Teamsters are typically blue-collar workers, such as custodians, equipment operators, mechanics and construction workers.

The new contract includes wage increases between 2013 and 2015.

Councilman Michael Helfrich asked at Tuesday's meeting if the money for the retroactive increases was included in the city's budget. Ray said it was.

Members will see a 2.3 percent increase in pay retroactively applied from May 12, 2013.

A 2.5 percent increase went into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and wages will increase by 2.75 percent on Jan. 1, 2015, according to the contract.

As an example, at the lowest end of the pay scale, a custodian will see his or her pay increase from the retroactively adjusted hourly rate of $16.09 in 2013 to $16.95 in 2015.


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On the higher end, a building maintenance crew leader will see his or her pay increase from the retroactively adjusted hourly rate of $21.09 in 2013 to $22.21 in 2015.

— Contact Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.