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Published: Wednesday, 2/6/2013

Sylvania's 4 labor agreements approved

Craig Stough Craig Stough

The City of Sylvania has approved three-year agreements with the four collective bargaining organizations representing many City of Sylvania employees.

The agreements are all similar and include a 1 percent per year wage increase, a $600 annual lump-sum payment, an increase from 10 percent to 15 percent employee contribution for healthcare costs, an increase in employee copay and prescription medicine costs, and some workplace rule changes.

The four collective bargaining organizations are:

  • Sylvania Municipal Employees Association – affiliated with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employee Local 3468. This organization represents 24 employees, including all full time laborers, public works servicemen, maintenance workers, and construction inspectors in the Division of Utilities, Division of Streets, Division of Parks and Forestry and Division of Vehicle Maintenance.
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 129, which represents 26 police officers.
  • Sylvania Police Command Officer's Association, which represents six police sergeants.
  • Sylvania Police Telecommunicators, which represents six police dispatchers.

On Oct. 6, 1983, the Ohio Legislature established collective bargaining procedures for public employers and public employees. In addition, the Ohio Legislature created the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) to oversee collective bargaining in the State of Ohio. Collective bargaining is the required process for negotiating the wages, benefits, workplace rules, etc. of public employees belonging to a collective bargaining organization.

The City and these four collective bargaining organizations are permitted to negotiate an agreement prior to the last two collective bargaining phases - fact finding and arbitration - coming into play. This year, all four bargaining organizations were able to reach agreements with the City prior to reaching fact finding.

Had agreements not been reached, the Ohio Collective Bargaining Law establishes a time schedule and procedure to select a fact finder. The fact finder meets with both sides and prepares a report proposing an agreement. If both sides agree with the report or choose to take no action, an agreement is reached. Otherwise, the arbitration phase begins.

I would like to thank the four collective bargaining organizations representing City employees and city administrators for effective and fair negotiating this year. All of us in the City of Sylvania benefit from their ability to successfully negotiate and settle, avoiding the rigors, expense, and divisiveness of the later stages of collective bargaining.

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