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Mayor focuses on union relations

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

HUNTINGTON — Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is not wasting any time trying to improve relations between city administrators and employee unions.

On Wednesday, Williams' first day at City Hall as mayor, he engaged in contract negotiations with International Association of Firefighters Local 298 and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 598. He also restored the seniority-based hiring system and grievance process for public works and administrative employees who fall under AFSCME.

The new mayor also says he will follow a recommendation from his transition team and create a council, consisting of labor and management officials, that will attempt to resolve differences between the two sides before they reach the grievance process. Williams hopes to have the council established within six months.

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