Non-union Danville workers in line for raises

Non-union Danville workers in line for raises

DANVILLE — About 50 non-union city employees are getting pay raises, but on average, the bump will be slightly less than what city officials had budgeted, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

City administration had planned for a 2 percent wage increase for the 55 non-union positions, which include department heads, managers, engineers, code inspectors and other positions.

But the wage chart approved Tuesday night by Danville aldermen represents an average 1.74 percent increase.

And the total money the city is paying in wages for those non-union positions is actually $199,721 less than last year, according to Eisenhauer, because five of the 55 positions are currently vacant, and only one of those will be filled this year, an engineering position. Last year, the city paid $2,886,551 for 55 non-union positions, and this year, will spend $2,686,830 for 51 positions.

The four vacant positions being eliminated are community enhancement director, deputy director of police, an advanced engineering position and mass transit lead dispatcher. Eisenhauer said the dispatcher position no longer exists at mass transit, and the employees in the other three positions have retired.

The city will know later this month how many more workers will be retiring in the next 13 months, which could be a significant number.

As a way to reduce expenses in the new budget year that began May 1, the city offered an early retirement program to its employees through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. City workers under the IMRF program — which does not include firefighters or police officers — can buy up to an additional five years of service toward retirement.

Eisenhauer said 30 of the city's 250 workers are eligible to retire under the program, and city administration has asked that anyone planning to take advantage let them know by the end of this month. The mayor said some have already indicated they will, but he would not yet disclose how many.

Eisenhauer said eligible employees can retire under the program any time prior to June 30, 2015. Although administration has asked that workers tell them by the end of this month if they're going, Eisenhauer said they are not required to and could make the decision any time in the next 13 months.

Once city officials have a count of how many already know they're going, Eisenhauer said, reorganizing efforts will begin. The mayor and department heads will make decisions regarding what positions will or will not be filled or merged.

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