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Published: Friday, 6/27/2014 - Updated: 1 month ago

Members approve city union contract by wide margin

BLADE STAFF

Toledo’s largest municipal union Friday overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract, the first full-term contract to be negotiated by Mayor D. Michael Collins.

The agreement provides for 1.5 percent pay increases in January of 2015, 2016, and 2017, according to a memorandum from the Collins administration to City Council members.

The contract also eliminates, starting next month, the 3 percent employee share of pension contributions that the city has been paying.

Members of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 7 approved the contract by a 70 percent margin, said Steve Kowalik, regional director of AFSCME Council 8. The tally was not released.

The administration and Local 7 concluded negotiations Wednesday. About 800 city workers were eligible to cast a ballot from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at AFSCME’s union hall on Reynolds Road. About 80 percent of those eligible took part, Mr. Kowalik said.

The Collins administration’‍s memo recommends that council approve the agreement.

The administration’‍s memo says that the tentative agreement also calls for the creation of a seasonal municipal workers pool, which both will increase city oversight and decreases reliance on temporary agencies and reduce overhead costs. The proposal also ”also substantially strenghtens management’‍s right to discipline employees who have alcohol or drug violations and/or attendance-related issues,“ the memo says.



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