Deputies have been without a labor contract since October.
By STEPHEN SIFF
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners approved contracts with two unions and a pay increase for 353 nonunion employees.
All the affected workers will be placed on the county's new health-care plan, under which they have to pay part of their insurance premiums, said James Keating, the county's director of human resources.
The 150 members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2493, which represents employees of the county commissioners, treasurer and clerk of courts, agreed to a new three-year contract which includes a 26-cent hourly raise in the second year and a 30-cent hourly raise in the third year.
There is no raise in the first year.
The workers have also been shifted to a pay scale with step increases for up to 25 years of service. The previous scale stopped at 20 years.
The scale change will cost the county $200,000 over the three-year life of the contract, Keating said.
Union members include janitors with no experience earning $8.37 an hour and heavy equipment operators with 25 years earning $24.57 an hour.
The same pay and pay scale provisions were extended to nonunion employees at the courthouse and in many county departments.
Commissioners also approved a contract worked out through a binding conciliation process with sheriff's department employees represented by the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.
The 50 deputies, sergeants and lieutenants have been working without a contract since last October.
The contract approved Wednesday calls for a 5-percent raise for the first year and 3-percent raises the second and third years. The first-year raise will be applied retroactively.
As well, the county will increase its contribution to employees' pension fund by 2.5 percent.