Summit County Council is recommending approval of an across-the-board salary increase of 1.5 percent for nonunion employees of several departments.
The resolution was reviewed at a county personnel committee meeting Monday night.
“We had actually planned in our budget this year not to have any raise increases,” said Jason Dodson, chief of staff for county executive Russ Pry. “But the fact finder with the FOP [Fraternal Order of Police] came back and said members of the FOP should get a 1.5 percent raise. It’s our opinion that we can’t have only 300 employees get the 1.5 percent pay raise.
“There needs to be some level of fairness between the employees.”
The raise affects 616 employees and will cost about $393,000 a year. The money would come from the county’s general fund, which has the funds to cover the raises.
The raises would go to nonbargaining, classified and unclassified employees of the county council, executive, fiscal officer, prosecutor, sheriff, clerk of courts, engineer, internal audit department and Human Resource Commission.
Dodson said the 600 or so employees haven’t received raises since 2008. Some of the employees, those who made $50,000 or less, did receive a $500 cost of living stipend in 2009, but there were no raises in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
If approved by County Council on Monday, the raises would go into effect on May 20.
Other county offices such as the Board of Elections and various courts are not covered by the resolution and those 434 employees would not receive the raise. Any raises for those employees would have to be handed out by their department heads as long as there are sufficient funds in their budgets to cover salary adjustments.
Dodson said 1,161 employees represented by the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) bargaining units either have tentative contracts or are meeting this week to ratify or talk about their 1.5 percent raises.
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