Stark County commissioners approved a three-year labor agreement with the union workers at the county Building Department on Wednesday that provides 2 percent yearly raises and requires higher employee health insurance contributions.
Stark County commissioners approved a new labor agreement with the union workers at the county Building Department on Wednesday that provides yearly raises and requires higher employee health insurance contributions.
Administrator Brant Luther said the eight-member union, represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 8, Local 959, AFL-CIO, already has approved the three-year contract, which is retroactive to Jan. 1.
Under the contract, employees will receive 2 percent raises in each year of the agreement. A building or electrical inspector, who earned $22.31 an hour in 2012, will earn $22.72 this year, $23.14 in 2014 and $23.56 in 2015. Employees also will now receive a $75 uniform allowance.
The eight employees, who contributed 7 percent toward their health insurance in 2012, will pay 8 percent this year, 10 percent in 2014 and 11 percent in 2015. The rates are lower than the contributions set by commissioners for their nonunion employees, which is set at 10 percent this year and increases to 13 percent by 2015.
At 10 percent, employees pay $47.50 a month for single coverage and $121.50 a month for family coverage.
Language that allowed commissioners to institute unpaid days off, known as furlough days, to help ease strained finances also was removed from the contract. The building department operates on the fees it collects and does not receive money from the taxpayer-supported general fund.