JANUARY 6, 2003


Convened: 5:38 p.m.

Adjourned: 7:16 p.m.


Present were:††††† Chairperson Councillor Joseph M. Petty

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Stephen T. Patton

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Konstantina B. Lukes


Also: City Manager Thomas R. Hoover

††††††††† City Solicitor David M. Moore

††††††††† Human Resources Director Jan Borg Silverman

††††††††† Purchasing Agent John Orrell

††††††††† Deputy City Auditor Thomas Clawson

††††††††† VP Local 1009 Lt. Donald Courtney

††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk


1.                 Discussion Item - Compensation Package of the City Manager.

The Committee recessed on a roll call of 3-0 @ 6:28 p,m. to meet in Executive Session in the Managerís Office to 

discuss his compensation package. The Chair announced that the Committee will only reconvene in open session for 

the purpose of adjourning.


The Committee recessed from Executive Session @ 7:16 p.m. and adjourned.




2.†††††† Relative to Responsible Employer Ordinance Enforcement.

#25A CM May 2, 2000

††††††††† In Committee May 31, 2000 - Held

††††††††† In Committee October 4, 2000 Ė Held

Recommend File


3.†††††† Relative to update on the current status of health insurance and the open enrollment for 2002.

††††††††† #13E CMMay 14, 2002

Recommend File


4.†††††† Relative to health insurance negotiations.

††††††††† #13A CMJuly 16, 2002

Recommend File


5.†††††† Relative to impact of furloughs on pension calculations.

††††††††† #13C CMMay 14, 2002

Recommend File


Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with the cost associated with a one-day across-the-board furlough of the average municipal employee.


6.†††††† Relative to City of Worcester's health insurance "opt-out" program.

††††††††† #13B CMMay 28, 2002

Recommend File


7.†††††† Relative to Health Insurance "opt-out" Program.

††††††††† #13B CMJune 11, 2002

Recommend File


8.†††††† Relative to the impact of the early retirement program.

††††††††† #5A CMSeptember 24, 2002

Recommend File


9.†††††† Relative to health insurance negotiationsFY 04.

††††††††† #13A CMSeptember 24, 2002

Recommend Hold


Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council with an update on health insurance discussions with the Insurance Advisory Group.


10.†††† Relative to Benefit Plan Design Changes. (Blue Care 65 plan versus Managed Blue for Seniors.)

††††††††† #13A CMJune 11, 2002

Recommend File


11.†††† Relative to Home Rule Petition to give a two-point preference to Worcester residents in public safety promotions.

††††††††† #13A CMJune 25, 2002

Recommend Hold


Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a report on the pros and cons of implementing a two-point preference program for Worcester residents in public safety appointments, whether other municipalities have such a program, and also reporthow to implement the residency requirement and whether the employees would be required to live in Worcester for the duration of their employment.


12.†††† Relative to residency.

††††††††† #13B CMJune 25, 2002

Recommend File


Chairmanís Order request the City Manager and the Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools report the number of school department and regular municipal employees for each of the last ten years and the number of students in the system for the corresponding periods.


13.†††† Relative to top 250 Wage Earners List.

††††††††† #13C CMJune 25, 2002

Recommend File


Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council how many of the top 250 wage earners are members of collective bargaining units.


14.†††† Relative to summary - Open Enrollment 2002.

††††††††† #13D CMAugust 20, 2002

Recommend File


15.†††† Relative to comparison of City of Worcester Health Premiums to other Worcester employers.

#13B CMAugust 20, 2002

Recommend File


16.†††† Relative to exemptions granted to non-residents of the City of Worcester who are on the DH Schedule.

††††††††† #13A CMSeptember 3, 2002

Recommend File


17.†††† Relative to First Amendment Rights of City Employees.

††††††††† #16E CMOctober 15, 2002

Recommend Hold


18.†††† Relative to funding employee bargaining contracts.

††††††††† #16B CMDecember 17, 2002

Recommend Hold


19††††† Relative to the Supreme Judicial Court's decision in City of Worcester and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Local 378 v. Labor Relations Commission SJC-08712 (2002).

††††††††† #14B CM†† December 17, 2002

Recommend File


20.†††† Recommending that $4,320.29 be transferred from Account #900-91000 and appropriated to Account #044-91000 for the tax levy portion of the position of Staff Assistant for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2003.

††††††††† In City Council #18A CMNovember 19, 2002 (2) Orders Adopted 11-0

††††††††† In Committee for Informational Purposes Only

Recommend File


21.†††† Order Councillor Lukes - Request the City Council to reevaluate the placement and duties of employees in the departments under its jurisdiction in order to deal with potential reduction of services.

††††††††† #49 CCOctober 8, 2002

Recommend Hold


22.†††† Communication of James Delsignore, City Auditor transmitting report on how re-employment impacts employees who take early retirement in terms of how much they can earn if they come back to City employment.

††††††††† #24 CC†† December 3, 2002

Recommend File