Union and City Reach New Contract

(left to right): Leo Geiger, Alfreda Jones, Stacey Benson­Taylor, , Ann Sulfridge, and Granville Walton.

(left to right): Leo Geiger, Alfreda Jones, Stacey Benson­Taylor, Ann Sulfridge, and Granville Walton.

By a three-to-one margin, Dayton City workers represented by AFSCME Local 101 voted to ratify a new agreement with the administration that raises wages by 7 percent over the life of the three-year contract.

The 800 workers covered by the agreement will receive a 3 percent across-the-board raise in 2015, followed by 2 percent increases in 2016 and 2017.

“There was give and take during the negotiations and while we won wage increases, we also agreed to give the city some relief on health insurance costs,” said AFSCME Local 101 President Ann Sulfridge.

Changes include a $20 premium increase for family plan coverage, a $10 office co-pay after they meet their deductible, which will increase to $20 in 2017.  In addition, in 2016 the spouses of city workers whose employers offer health insurance must select those plans as their primary coverage.

“After six years of cuts, zeroes and 1 percent increases, it’s good to see wages are rebounding in the public sector.  But that’s due to the economy getting better – not because of any help given to local government by the Legislature – including Ohio’s current proposed state budget,” said Ohio Council 8 Dayton Regional Staff Representative Stacey Benson-Taylor, who led the negotiating committee.

In addition to Sulfridge and Benson-Taylor, the committee included Vice President Granville Walton, Blue Collar Chapter Chair Leo Geiger, and Clerical Chair Alfreda Jones.

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