Water Reclamation Board Approves Negotiations to Hire Cook County's Independent Inspector General Services
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - May 17, 2018
What did the Board decide?
Just before ending the board meeting before noon, Commission McGowan asked for an Executive Session (ES) to discuss an employee discipline problem. At 1:09 p.m. the ES was still in progress with no notice as to when it would break to reconvene the Board meeting. This Observer left the meeting but checked in later that day to determine that the Board did approve its consent agenda as modified which included the above three items.
Observer - Diane Edmundson Meeting Length: 3 hours +
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - March 1, 2018
What did the Board decide:
What else did the Board discuss:
Observer - Peggy Kell Meeting Length - 67 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board of Commissioners Meeting
February 1, 2018
What did the Board decide?
What else did the Board discuss or refer to committee?
Unexpected Votes, Events, Testimony or Items to Watch for in the Future
Other Comments or Observations
Observer - Kelly Kleiman Meeting Length - 90 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - December 21, 2017
Items to Watch for at Upcoming Meetings:
Observer - Diane Edmundson Meeting Length - 90 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board - December 14, 2017
The Board, without discussion except for one item, approved a number of items which result in a 2018 budget of $1.15 billion. The final numbers cannot be known until the 2% increase approved for all non-represented employees, which appears to be approximately $2.4 million, has been added to the totals.
It was this salary increase (Item 4, File # 17-1314) that involved the only discussion. Commissioner Walsh said that a memo from the Director of Human Resources had been provided to the Commissioners that morning which recommended that no increase be given. After the meeting, Commissioner Shore shared the memo with this observer. Among other factors the Director cited were the above-market starting and average salaries of MWRD employees and the salary increases over the past 10 years (20%) as compared to the Consumer Price Index (12.7%). It was noted that benefit packages should also be considered, but there was no comparison of the MWRD benefits to those benefits provided by others. The memo stated that for each percentage increase in salaries for non-represented employees, the additional cost would be $1.2 million.
However, the new collective bargaining agreements provide for a 2% salary increase in 2018, and this appeared to convince at least some of the Commissioners to approve the 2% increase for non-represented employees. The vote was 6 “yes” (with Commissioner Morita absent for this vote) and 1 “present” (Commissioner Walsh).
The only other item that was not procedural in nature was Item 2, File #17-1312, which contained a number of changes to the Tentative Budget. Among other things, this amendment increased the total appropriation by $10.5 million, which includes
Observer - Priscilla Mims Meeting Length - 35 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board Meeting - August 3, 2017
To watch for in the Future:
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