SOMERS POINT — City Council approved an agreement with Teamsters Local 115 at its meeting Thursday night.

Local 115, the union that represents most city employees outside the Police Department, had been working without a contract since Dec. 31.

The 48-hour rule for adding a resolution to the agenda was waived, allowing council to go into executive session to discuss the proposed deal before unanimously approving a memorandum of understanding.

City Administrator Wes Swain said that in general, the four-year contract would add 2 percent to employees' salaries each year, though the deal was structured in such a way — using additional "steps" on the salary scale at the beginning of employment and increasing the amount of money in between steps — that the salary schedule for 2012 to 2013 would only increase by 1.17 percent.

Longevity pay is also frozen at 10 years of service for anyone hired before Dec. 31, 2012. Anyone hired afterward will not receive longevity pay.

The union will vote on the memorandum today, Swain said.

A bond ordinance issuing $1.3 million toward repairs and reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy, including locations at Bay Avenue and Kennedy Park, will be voted on at the March 14 meeting.

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