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Employees of at least one county bargaining unit will have a little more spending money this holiday season after receiving a payout to cover a pay increase included in a new three-year contract.
The county commissioners are expected to approve a new contract on Tuesday for members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union that gives those employees a 1.5 percent pay bump retroactive to the beginning of this year, plus a 1.5 percent salary increase next year and a 2 percent increase in 2014.
The contract was finalized through mediation.
Employees also will each get a one-time ratification bonus of $100 each, and they also will be eligible for a years-of-service lump-sum payment of $175 for five or more years and $325 for 10 or more years.
While employees’ pay is going up, so are their health-care premiums.
Union members have been paying $60 a month for the employee and children, and $160 a month for the employee and a spouse. The new contract increases that amount to $95 per month for the employee and children and $195 for the employee and a spouse.
Health-care premiums are allowed to rise again in April 2013 and 2014 under the new contract.
The county payroll includes 179 members of AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO, Local 2049.
They work in county agencies such as Animal Care and Control, Public Facilities Management and Purchasing, and they have job titles as varied as custodial worker, printing technician, radio dispatcher, veterinary assistant, locksmith and electrician.
The retroactive pay and other one-time payments will cost the county about $210,000. Union employees will receive the money in their Dec. 14 paychecks. It will come out of each agency’s remaining 2012 payroll budget.
The 1.5 percent wage boost next year will cost the county an additional $103,000, which will have to be moved from the county’s reserve fund into each department’s budget before the overall county budget is finalized later this month.