TALLMADGE — Two city employee unions have been working since the end of last year without a contract and have now scheduled fact-finding meetings, according to a city administrator.
Dr. Donald Cooper, the city’s director of administration, said that the Fraternal Order of Police/Ohio Labor Council will have a fact-finding meeting on May 16, and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2764 will have a fact-finding session on June 3.
Cooper said both unions requested the meetings. The unions’ previous three-year contracts expired at the end of December 2018.
"The union presents their case and we present our case," said Mayor Dave Kline. "The fact-finder makes a determination based on what is being submitted."
The FOP represents 23 city employees, while the IAFF Local 2764 represents 13 city employees.
The city’s other two employee unions — the Teamsters and the part-time firefighters — both have active contracts in place, according to Cooper. The Teamsters’ new three-year pact for the 22 employees it represents began on Jan. 1, 2019, while the part-time firefighters’ three-year deal for the 48 employees it represents started on Jan. 1, 2018.
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