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Published: Tuesday, 3/31/2009

Maumee rejects wage hikes

Maumee City Council Monday night unanimously rejected a fact-finder's report that recommended wage increases for the city's 54 police officers, sergeants, and dispatchers.

The Fraternal Order of Police had approved the fact-finder's report earlier in the day.

Mike Angelo, labor counsel for the city, said the fact-finder, John T. Meredith, acknowledged the city's financial situation but recommended raises of 3 percent this year and 2 percent next year, and a wage re-opener the third year.

"He recommended far more than was accepted by all the city groups, union and nonunion alike, and gave the city none of the cost-containment measures that it sought and were agreed to by all other city groups," Mr. Angelo said.

In January, City Council approved three-year labor agreements with the International Association of Firefighters Local 4536 and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 649 that froze base wages for two years but granted a $750 lump-sum payment this year, a lump-sum payment equal to 3 percent of their base pay in 2010, and a 2 percent raise or the opportunity to reopen talks in 2011.

The contracts included a two-tier wage scale and other cost-saving measures.

Mr. Angelo said the city and police union will proceed to binding conciliation.

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