Marlborough approves stipends for employees


Marlborough approves stipends for employees
A look at downtown Marlborough. City Council recently approved a transfer from free cash to cover a non-pensionable stipend for employees. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

MARLBOROUGH – Full-time and part-time school and municipal employees will soon receive a boost in their paychecks.

During the City Council meeting on March 13, Mayor Arthur Vigeant proposed a transfer of $700,000 from free cash to cover a 1% non-pensionable stipend for personnel employed by March 1, 2023, and actively employed on April 21, 2023.

“As I reflect on the last year, it has been a challenge for employees who are feeling the burden of extra work while department heads are attempting to fill positions quickly in a highly competitive municipal jobs market,” said Vigeant in a letter to council members. “Our employees’ dedication and effort put forth is greatly appreciated, and this stipend is intended to help offset the rising inflation that we all struggle with.”

Vigeant added that the city’s payroll department will require the unions to sign memorandums of agreement by April 15 with plans to distribute the checks on April 27. 

All city and school employees will receive a pensionable 2% cost-of-living increase that is part of the current collective bargaining agreements. This will be effective July 1, Vigeant said.

“We are committed to ensuring that our staff have the support and resources they need to thrive in their roles and build a fulfilling career with the city of Marlborough,” he said.

The council approved the transfer 8-2. There was one abstention.


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