ITHACA, N.Y. — After six months of contract negotiations, about 30 workers at Bolton Point have secured raises from management.


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“I think it was a very favorable agreement,” says Kathy Valentino, the lead negotiator for the United Auto Workers (which represents the Bolton Point workers) and a former Ithaca Town Supervisor for 12 years.

“Membership voted in favor of it by a large margin, which means they were satisfied with the outcome.”

The Bolton Point Water System provides water to several Tompkins County municipalities with an intake system, water treatment plant and transmission system, according to its website.

Here are four things we learned from talking with Valentino Tuesday morning about the contract negotiations:

1 — The new agreement puts salaries for electricians and clerical staff, among others, more in line with pay around the region, according to Valentino.

2 — All the workers are slated for at least a 2 percent raise, with some of the raises as high as 8 percent, Valentino said.

3 — The agreement now needs to be ratified by the five municipalities that get water from the Bolton Point plant on East Shore Drive.

Those are: the town of Lansing, town of Ithaca, Dryden, Cayuga Heights and the village of Lansing.

4 — Valentino said that the negotiations constituted a “really nice story; usually, your battling back and forth” between management and union representatives, but that wasn’t the case this time.

“We had a very good relationship with the employer,” she said.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.