Municipal Operations Committee Meeting

Monday, June 9, 2008

Council Chamber

Convened: 6:09 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:37 P.M.

Konstantina B. Lukes


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr
Councilor Michael J Germain

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr
Councilor Michael J Germain
Also:Police Chief Gary J. Gemme
Acting Director of Human Resources Kathleen G. Johnson
Chief Financial Officer Thomas F. Zidelis
Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux
Assistant City Clerk Michael J. Monfredo
City Auditor James A. DelSignore
City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk



Recommending City Council's adoption of an Ordinance amendment relative to Junk Dealers and Dealers in Second-Hand Articles.
# 8.28A CM April 15, 2008


Recommend Approval

Joe Ricca, representing Schnitzer Steel Industries appeared and spoke in favor of the proposed ordinances, providing written testimony (enclosed) as well.


Transmitting informational communication regarding the Administation of the Family Medical Leave Act.
# 9.6D CM March 18, 2008


Recommend Hold

1. Frank Raffa, President, Local 1009
2. Donald Courtney, Vice President, Local 1009
3. Sean Maher, Local 495 representative
4. Raymond McGrath, Local 495 representative

Chairman's Order request the City Manager immediately cease implementing the policy of running Family Medical Leave Act time with regularly accrued sick and/or injured-on-duty time, nor run concurrently with any other pay status time. (Item not put, to be held until reports are received from Administration)


Transmitting Informational Communication relative to Chapter 32B, Section 19 of the Massachusetts General Laws.
# 6.38A CM June 03, 2008


Recommend Hold




Petition of Virginia Ryan et al request City Council vote to adopt Section 19 of Chapter 32B of the Massachusetts General Laws.
# 9a CC March 25, 2008


Recommend Hold

1. Virginia Ryan, Worcester resident
2. Sean Maher, Worcester resident
3. Kay LeMay, Worcester resident
4. Raymond McGrath, no residence given




From the Committee on Finance - Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Municipal Operations review the salaries for the City Auditor and the Assistant City Clerks and report to City Council before the end of Finance Committee's deliberation of the budget.
# 10g CC May 20, 2008


Recommend Hold

The Committee discussed and held the portion of the above Motion concerning the condition that the City Auditor not be allowed outside employment as a condition of his employment as City Auditor.



Request City Manager report to City Council any sanctions that will be imposed by the federal government if the City of Worcester does not impose Family Medical Leave Act designation concurrent with employees using regularly accrued sick time.


Request City Manager provide City Council with the date that the City of Worcester's interpretation of the implementation provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act as it applies to running concurrently with regularly accrued sick time and/or injured-on-duty time, and further request that he provide the City Council with copies of the notices that were provided to both represented and non-represented city employees at the time said interpretation was changed.


Request City Manager document to City Council how many requests for medical leave have been requested since 2004 and how many of those requests have been allowed by his Administration.


Request City Manager report to City Council as to the twelve Massachusetts communities that have accepted MGL Chapter 32B, Section 19, revealing each community's health care costs and the number of municipal employees/retirees, and, additionally report whether or not any of these communities have health plans comparative to Worcester's, and finally, what their health care costs are per employee.


Request City Manager provide City Council with a legal opinion whether or not there needs to be a majority vote of the City Council as well as agreement by the City Manager to implement MGL Chapter 32B, Section 19.


Request City Manager report to City Council what, if any, coalition bargaining effort he will be giving to the retired employees of the City of Worcester concerning the issue of health insurance.


Request City Manager return any deductions made in error by outside agencies or entities to City of Worcester retirees' pay checks during July, 2008.


Request City Manager recommend to City Council a regrading of the salary of the position of Assistant City Clerk as follows: that both Assistant City Clerks be granted pay parity, and further, that the City Manager recommend that the position be classified at Pay Grade 47EM, mid-level, and funded beginning July 1, 2008 at $72,461.


Request City Manager amend the salary schedules so that M and EM groups are classified as represented and non-represented groups.