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Strongsville, Firefighters Reach Contract Agreement

Deal calls for 7 percent raises over three years

 

Strongsville firefighters and the city have reached a deal on a new contract. 

The agreement, approved by City Council Tuesday night, calls for firemedics to receive a 3 percent raise this year, followed by 2 percent hikes in 2014 and 2015.

It's the same 7 percent over three years that employees in two other bargaining groups -- the Service Department workers and building inspectors -- already reached, but the firefighters will be taking the raises in slightly different increments.

The two groups represented by the Teamsters are receiving increases of 2.25 percent this year, 2.5 percent next year and 2.25 the following year.

Human Resources Director Steve Kilo said the firefighters wanted the larger increase this year because contributions to their state retirement plan will increase this July.

"This helps them offset that a little bit," Kilo said.

A settlement with the union representing police officers is expected very soon, he added.

However, talks with dispatchers are at a standstill because they are in the midst of switching their representation from the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association to the Fraternal Order of Police

Negotiations can't start until the transfer is finalized, Kilo said. 

In addition, he said the jail's corrections officers are in the process of unionizing, so talks will start after that is done.

Mayor Tom Perciak said he was grateful to the unions for understanding the need to make changes in health care and for agreeing to employee participation in the city's two-year-old wellness program.

As is customary, council awarded the same pay increase this year to non-union city employees -- other than themselves -- when approving the deals with the Teamsters Jan. 7.

Raises for council members were removed from the legislation just before voting on it.

"We're still not out of the woods financially," Council President Mike Daymut said. "We just thought it was the right thing to do."

tom m January 24, 2013 at 06:49 PM
firefighters contract worth every penny police contract worth every penny I think the police,firefighters and teachers salary / healthcare should all be the same including how much they pay towards their healthcare and retirement (unless teachers think their job is more important than the police/firefighters)
Bob January 26, 2013 at 06:21 PM
7% !!!!!!!! Are they nuts? Cities, States, schools, the Feds are broke and they give everybody excessive raises when most people have had frozen pay for years. Reinstate the city income tax 100% reciprocity from 75% before giving raises. WTF?
John January 26, 2013 at 07:39 PM
7% total over THREE YEARS, Bob. That's a little different than 7%. Can you prove that "most people have had frozen pay for years"?
Jason January 27, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Bob just wants to complain without any facts at all! Well bob...i challenge you to do a little research! 7% over three years is in No way excessive. Strongsville has more $ than any of you realize. Their raises are based on Strongsville's finances, not the state or anyone else's! The mayor has done a great job of bringing the city back to stability and was being very fair with contracts...which is why they all settled so quickly...
Jean Williams January 27, 2013 at 03:18 PM
this should be the model for the teachers contract tom m 1:49 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 firefighters contract worth every penny police contract worth every penny I think the police,firefighters and teachers salary / healthcare should all be the same including how much they pay towards their healthcare and retirement (unless teachers think their job is more important than the police/firefighters)

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