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The Suburbanite
  • Green, AFSCME return to bargaining table

  • Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8, Local 2714 on Aug. 26 rejected a fact-finder’s recommendation regarding terms of the contract.

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  • The union representing 48 service department and clerical staff employees will continue negotiations with the city on the terms of a new contract.
    Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8, Local 2714 on Aug. 26 rejected a fact-finder’s recommendation regarding terms of the contract.
    The recommendation was defeated by a single vote.
    As a result, Mayor Dick Norton formally withdrew the fact-finder resolution from city council’s Aug. 27 agenda, opening the door for negotiations to continue.
    “We will sit down with the union and negotiate and see if we can come to terms,” Human Resource Manager Jeanne Greco said. “The two issues that the fact-finder reported on are the two issues that we will continue to talk about.”
    At the heart of disagreement are proposals on employee contributions to health care costs and pay increases.
    When it comes to employee contribution on health care, the union has been fighting for a 6 percent contribution the first year of the contract and 10 percent contribution during the second and final year of the contract. The union also proposed a three percent annual wage increase for each year of the contract.
    The city, meanwhile, is pushing for 10 percent employee contribution toward health care costs in the first year of the contract, 12.5 percent in the second and 15 percent in the third. The city also proposed a 1.5 percent wage increase for each year of the deal.
    Fact-finder Robert G. Stein proposed union employees pay 6 percent toward health care in the first year and 8 percent and 10 percent in the second and third years, respectively. He also suggested a 2 percent pay increase for each year of the contract.
    A time line has not been set regarding the new negotiations.
    The most recent AFSCME contract expired April 16.
    PRO-TEM TEMPORARY?
    Council President Dave France asked the Law Director Stephen Pruneski to write a resolution that would abolish the council position of “Pro-Tem.”
    The position is used as a meeting leader if the council President or Vice President were absent from a meeting. However, the position is not needed according to the city’s charter.
    “If you look at our city charter, the ‘Pro-Tem’ is not even mentioned. There is no such position in the charter,” France said. “If you go to council rules it is listed and that was done through a piece of legislation that was adopted in 1994 (Resolution R-46). Each year at our organizational meeting we meet and we appoint a President, Vice President and a Pro-Tem, and the Pro-Tem position is just to serve in case we have a meeting and the President and Vice President aren’t available”
    Chris Humphrey currently serves as council pro-tem.
    Council’s next regular session is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 10  at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.
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