Pembroke’s Special Town Meeting closed Tuesday night with a normally routine article to fund any contracts Selectmen have negotiated with town employee unions. At question was a contract with the Clerical Union. Selectmen asked for support.
Advisory board member Matt McNeilly asked for a no vote. He and other advisory board members want Selectmen to renegotiate the contract so that clerks hired in the future would pay a 25% share of health insurance, while keeping the share at 20% for current employees.
Selectmen said they had negotiated in good faith and the change would affect future negotiations with other unions. But, Town Meeting agreed with the advisory board and voted not to fund the contract, forcing the parties to renegotiate.