Urbana City Council to consider new labor deal with service divisions


By Joshua Keeran - jkeeran@civitasmedia.com



Urbana City Council, during its 7 p.m. meeting today in municipal court chambers, will hear the first reading of an ordinance approving a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Urbana Service Divisions.

The new three-year contract, which would replace the previous three-year deal that expired on Nov. 26, was ratified on Nov. 17 by the Public Employees of Ohio Teamsters Local 284 on behalf of the Urbana Service Divisions.

If approved by council after three readings, the contract, which would go into effect immediately, features a modified pay scale in which a one-time adjustment would be made across the bargaining unit in year one, while the final two years would include pay increases of 1.25 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

As for wage specifics, the contract calls for permanent hourly employees in the street, water and sewer divisions to be paid an hourly wage based on their years of service. The base rate for a new employee would be $15.29 per hour in year one of the contract, while an employee with a year of service under his or her belt would make $16.21 per hour. The hourly rate would increase to $19.50 an hour for five years of service and $20.49 for 10 years of service.

The contract also involves a change to the Wellness Program by allowing for an additional personal day to be given to employees who don’t use sick leave in a 12-month calendar year.

Third readings

Council is scheduled to vote on two ordinances and a resolution during the meeting. The measures undergoing a final reading include:

•An ordinance to amend the city’s emergency snow removal ordinance.

•An ordinance authorizing the director of administration to enter into an indigent defense agreement with the Champaign County Commission to allow the city to receive partial reimbursement from the Ohio Public Defender Commission for indigent defense expense in Champaign County Municipal Court.

•A resolution to appropriate money for the several objects and purposes which the city must provide for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016.

In other business:

•An ordinance approving the collective bargaining agreement between the city and its firefighters (represented by the Urbana Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1823) will undergo a second reading, as will an ordinance finalizing a labor deal between the city and its fire captains, who are also represented by the local IAFF union.

•Administration will recommend council increase a purchase order to Blaugrund, Herbert, Kessler & Miller by $15,000 for employment law support.

By Joshua Keeran

jkeeran@civitasmedia.com

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.