Middleboro: More unions sign deal with town to avoid cuts

Middleboro selectmen have unanimously voted to sign an agreement with unions representing council on aging and clerical workers.

They’re the latest to make deals with the town to help stave-off big budget cuts.

The deal, which runs through June of next year, includes no wage increase for the current fiscal year and a change in health plans that will bring savings to the town.

The unions have agreed to incorporate the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association Health Options Plan, which have already brought a savings of $1.3 million to the town.

The town manager says Middleboro is now in agreement with all town and school employee groups on the health care change except the Police Patrolmen, Police Superiors and Firemen unions.

As part of the latest deal, the town has decided to slightly increase the reimbursement for co-pays for the next year and a half.

Middleboro also agreed to extend the new reimbursement program to the other town and school unions that have agreed to the new plan as well as non-union employees.

The town pays 80 percent of the health care coverage and the employee pays 20 percent 

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