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New Union contract creates pay increase for 9-1-1 dispatchers

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's the first union contract negotiation for the new mayor of for the new Mayor of Toledo and all sides appear to be happy.

The new contract is regarding the communication operators, or 9-1-1 dispatchers, for the City of Toledo.  Under the agreement, 71 members of AFSCME Local 7 a 2.5% pay raise and an increase in sick time.

"We're very happy," said Local 7 President Don Czerniak.  "(The deal is) a good start and I think the vote of the membership showed that they were appreciative of what they got."

The previous contract agreement from 2011 called for a wage re-opener when it expired on Jan. 1 of this year.  A pay raise was not guaranteed, but Mayor Collins felt the 2.5% increase was a fair deal.  The raise accounts for a budget increase of about $97,000.

"This was, in my mind, the most fair way to solve this," said Mayor Collins.  "They gave up 6% of pension pick-up, and in return, basically two and half years later, they get a 2.5% raise."

Councilman Waniewski, the only person to vote "no" on the raise, disagrees with the Mayor.

"When we stop taking money from our CIP fund and we have enough money left over, then I think we can start talking about raises," he said.

Police and Fire Union contracts end December 31 of this year.  The rest of Local 7 will enter into contract negotiations in the beginning of May.

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