Boston Globe reports: March 4, 2007.QUINCY, MA. -- The escalating cost of healthcare coverage is proving to be the main hurdle in labor negotiations in Quincy, where 17 of 18 city worker unions have been working without a contract since summer....
Only one small union, the librarians , with about 50 members , have a new three-year deal, which they approved in October.
...Linda Beeler, chairwoman of the Quincy Library Staff Association, said members voted in favor of a contract in October only after intense discussion.
A major change was in healthcare coverage. By the end of the three-year deal, members' contribution for HMO coverage will increase from 10 percent to 20 percent of costs.
In exchange, the union received concessions such as better pay on Saturdays and a higher rate of travel reimbursement.
"We felt the things we were given outweighed the health care changes," said Beeler.