Non-union Morris city employees will receive a 2.5 percent raise each year over the next three years as approved on Dec. 26 by the Morris City Council.

The wage increase and other policy provisions are effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020.

City manager Blaine Hill said the 2.5 percent increase is based on the 2.5 percent increase for the Law Enforcement Labor Servics Local No. 11 union contract. The union and the city council both approved the contract with a 2.5 percent wage increase for each of the next three years. The council approved the contract on Dec. 26 while the union's approval was prior to Dec. 26.

The new policy also changes in the addition of a Christmas Eve holiday contingent on the city receiving permission from the council to close city offices early on Christmas Eve. If city offices close early on Christmas Eve, non-union hourly employees required to work that day will receive overtime pay for a half of day and holiday pay for a half-day, Hill said. The Christmas Eve holiday provision is similar to what was approved for the law enforcement union contract.

One other change in the policy is a uniform or clothing allowance. The police chief is the only non-union employee who will receive a clothing allowance, Hill said. The police chief is the only non-union employee required to wear a uniform.

Non-union employees who must wear required clothing or footwear will receive a benefit, Hill said.

"If a liquor store clerk wears a (city) logo shirt, we should be buying that," Hill said of an example of a required clothing. The city would own that shirt, Hill said.