It seems that We The People spend a lot of time chastising our elected officials and public service employees. So, it’s only fair and important that we point out when they work together and in the best interest of the taxpayers.
I refer to the recently agreed to contract between Peabody Municipal Light Plant management, and the light plant employees’ union. Both sides got something, and in the end, they all took into account the need to not slam the ratepayers. The PMLP has taken it on the chin lately for some employee issues, but all that aside, it remains the best run government entity in Peabody.
The reason it is so well run is the fact that the light plant is a little beyond the reach of government. The PMLP is run like a business, and it’s run very well. It’s run by a competent plant manager and overseen by a separate elected board of light commissioners.
So, this week, when we learned that management and the union had taken a commonsense and sane approach to a new contract for employees, we weren’t surprised.
The new 4-year deal includes a modest 1.75% raise, but it’s also retroactive, which is a good thing for employees. In these days of economic malaise, where taxpayers who work in the private sector aren’t getting any raises, it was a nice compromise, especially after the 11% raise the PLMP employees got with the last contract.
“This is a fair agreement for both the ratepayers and employees,” said PMLP Commission Chairman Bob Wheatley in a statement.
Hats off too to the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, State Council 93, Local 364. PMLP serves both Peabody and South Lynnfield.
Read the full story here in the Peabody Patch.