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Union gets tick up in pay
MONROE - The city and AFSCME union workers agreed to a cost of living increase for 2017 in one meeting, a stark contrast from negotiations for the 2016 agreement, which was not solidified until June of this year. The labor agreement, which the Monroe Common Council approved Tuesday, included a cost-of-living increase for all of 2017 of .68 percent, a drop from the 2016 rate of .73 percent. Catherine Kehoe, an engineering technician and member of AFSCME, said she was grateful to city administration for negotiating.