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Springfield Consolidated Garage Contract Advances

Springfield Consolidated Garage Contract Advances

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The pieces are almost all together to open the city’s new consolidated vehicle garage.

Springfield aldermen quickly advanced a new contract outlining new job titles, requirements and pay scales.

“For practical purposes, we have done all the negotiating we will be doing, this is the final contract,” Mayor Mike Houston said. “The garage will be, pretty much, good to go.”

Though specific numbers weren’t made available, the contract outlines new terms of employment for AFSCME members. It dictates new positions, new requirements for those positions, plus pay scale and what a typical work week will be — it’s increasing from 37.5 hours to 40. It also says employees must obtain minimum certifications and qualifications within 18 months.

The other big hurdle wasn’t mentioned — the mayor’s decision to forge ahead with a controversial parts contract with NAPA Auto Parts. The city’s going to pay NAPA no more than $3.75 million over three years to manage a parts inventory in the consolidated garage.

Houston last week decided to go ahead with the contract despite significant opposition from the city council. No one said a word about it on Tuesday.

“They gave me the indication that it was my choice as to what we’re going to do,” Houston says.

Houston says with the NAPA and AFSCME contracts in hand, the consolidated garage should be ready to open by September 1.

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