MACEDONIA — Collective bargaining agreements with two unions recently were approved by City Council, while Council reps held off approving another agreement because the union had not ratified it.

The new pacts, which cover the years 2017 to 2019, call for retroactive 2% raises in 2018 and 1% in 2019, with no significant changes in health care benefits. 

Council also approved a list of merit-based pay increases for 10 city employees. However, the mayor’s compensation was removed from the ordinance, and will be considered after further discussions and community input.

A separate ordinance will appear on a future Council agenda, and the goal is to have a new salary for the mayor decided and passed by the beginning of the new term on Dec. 1.

The agreements which were approved are with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 436 (covering 15 service department workers) and the International Association of Firefighters Local 3947 (covering 22 full-time firefighters).

Law Director Mark Guidetti explained all the unions have been working under the extended 2014 contracts while negotiations took place on new ones. He said negotiations toward new contracts were put on hold in 2017 until the city was in better financial shape.

Guidetti said negotiations toward contracts beyond this year will commence in November. The contracts usually are for a three-year period.

Council sent to second reading collective bargaining agreements with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association because the union had not ratified them as of Council’s July 11 meeting. Officials could not confirm the number of employees covered under those pacts since they have not been approved.

The latter contracts cover police sergeants, patrolmen and dispatchers for the same 2017-19 period.

The contracts outline such areas as dues deductions, union activities, guidance procedures, hours of work, vacations, overtime, sick leave, health care benefits, longevity pay, and uniforms, clothing and protective equipment.

Finance Director John Veres said the retroactive raises will be paid to eligible employees in a lump sum. He said the retro pays will add about $483,114 to the city’s budget for the two-year period, including $373,558 in the general fund.

Total wages paid to city workers in 2019 are expected to be about $8.12 million.

Council’s next meeting will not be until Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m., as Council is taking its summer hiatus. It did not meet July 25 and will not meet Aug. 8, as originally scheduled.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or