Youngstown council approves a new contract with a union that delays a salary increase until July 1, 2019

By David Skolnick


City council approved a new contract with a 76-member employee union that postpones salary increases until July 1, 2019.

The deal with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2312 – which primarily represents clerks, secretaries, inspectors and park employees – was approved Wednesday by council and Tuesday by the union.

The contract is retroactive to Oct. 1 and expires June 30, 2020.

The contract calls for a 1 percent raise on July 1, 2019, and a 1.5 percent salary increase on July 1, 2020.

The deferred salary increases are similar to a pact approved last month with the firefighters union.

City finance officials say they are concerned about a general fund shortfall in 2018 that could lead to layoffs.

“The money isn’t there for ’17 and ’18 so we agreed to defer to 2019,” said city Deputy Law Director Rebecca Gerson. “The goal is to be more fiscally sound in 2019.”

While a salary increase for the union isn’t kicking in until 2019, each of its members employed as of Sept. 1 will receive a $225 lump-sum payment sometime before the end of this year.

Also Wednesday, council accepted a $25,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Co. to create a walking trail in Borts Field Park on the West Side. The field along North Belle Vista Avenue is the site of the former Borts Pool.

Youngstown was among 25 communities to receive grants between $11,000 and $50,000 from the two organizations through their Meet Me at the Park program.

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