Hudson -- It's bargaining time for the unions in Summit County, and the first agreement will give 69 employees who work in the fiscal office and are members of Local 1229 AFSCME an annual 2.5 percent raise for the next three years.
Summit County Council members Sept. 26 voted 10-0 to authorize the county executive to execute a collective bargaining agreement between Ohio Council 8 and Local 1229 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (Auditor's/Recorder's Division of Fiscal Office), and the County Fiscal Officer and the County Executive, from Sept. 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2019. It includes a 2.5 percent increase in pay in each of the three years of the agreement.
The union members signed off on the agreement Sept. 20, according to Jason Dodson, chief of staff for Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro.
The union membership approved the new contract 54 to 1 said Mike DeLuke, staff representaive with AFSCME, who helped negotiate the contract.
"They overwhelming were in favor of it," DeLuke said. "They believed it was a fair and equitable contract."
The county has 12 different unions or bargaining units and this is the first contract in an 18-month cycle of negotiations, Dodson said.
During and after the recession in 2008, union employees went to zero pay increases for a couple of years and then received an increase to pay by 1 percent and 1.5 percent, Dodson said. Last year, unions had a 2.25 percent pay increase, which was the highest since 2008.
"It was 3 percent before the recession hit," Dodson said.