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Council Approves New Labor Contract, Plans For Bollinger Tower

Columbus City Council last night ratified a new three-year contract with the union representing 25 hundred municipal workers. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ratified the deal last month. It gives workers pay raises of three percent in the first two years and two percent in the third year. Workers will pay more for health insurance and the city will contribute less money to their pension plans. Union local 1632 president Chip Moore says it's a decent deal.

Columbus human resources director Nicole Brandon also calls it a fair deal.


The contract will cost the city 34 million dollars. Council also approved a zoning change allowing the owners of the Bollinger Tower affordable housing complex to turn it into a hotel with office and retail space. Residents of the North High Street building have already been told to find new homes by the developer, Schiff Capital Group. On-site parking spaces will be cut under the legislation.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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