HUDSON — Union and non-union city employees are receiving a 2 percent pay raise this year.
City Council on Tuesday approved the increases in compensation for members of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA) for sergeants and OPBA for dispatchers, each of which represents five employees. The police sergeants and dispatchers were granted a 2.5 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, 2018, a 2 percent increase as of Jan. 1, 2019, and another 2 percent raise, effective Jan. 1, 2020.
City Manager Jane Howington said the contracts have some “other minor things” that are “non-monetary,” and “deal with each of the units and their scheduling and more of the work—related things.”
These two pacts were the final city employee union contracts that needed to be ratified. Council in 2018 approved pacts for the Teamsters union (representing 31 employees, mostly in the service department), OPBA for police patrol officers (22 employees), and utility workers (19 employees), according to city spokesperson Jody Roberts. Those employees received a 2 percent raise in 2018, and additional 2 percent increases for both 2019 and 2020.
All five of these contracts run from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020. Roberts clarified that the sergeants and dispatchers were “were working under the old contract” for the first six months of 2018. She explained the 2.5 percent increase that was awarded to them for the last half of 2018 “brings them up to par with [the other three unions].”
Roberts added that the city’s 75 non-union employees also received a 2 percent annual increase in pay for 2018 and 2019.
“We try to keep all units very close and exact as best we can,” said Roberts.
Roberts said city employees are continuing to pay 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. No change occurred on that contribution level with the new contracts.
Police Chief Perry Tabak said he was “glad” that all three police union contracts were finalized.
“It’s always nice when those are out of the way,” stated Tabak.
Roberts said the mayor’s office and council offices are not receiving raises.
“Their salaries would be raised through legislation, and they have not submitted legislation for raises for many years,” added Roberts.
The mayor’s office receives $275 per month, while the council offices receive $80 for each workshop and/or council meeting they attend, but are capped at $160 per month, according to Roberts.
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