Akron has offered one of its unions a 1.5 percent raise this year.


George Johnson, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1360, confirmed the amount Friday after meeting with members.


Earlier this week, officials had declined to release the amount of the raise until the union members were notified.


The raise, negotiated as part of a wage reopener, would begin April 1 if approved by the membership, he said. He also said the city agreed to move up issuing a longevity paycheck to March. That pay had been deferred until November.


No one got upset, Johnson said about the general reaction to the proposal. No one had any real negative feedback. I think its more or less an attitude that its better than zero.


The union leadership is recommending that members approve the deal.


The 405-member union will vote from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Laborers Local, with a meeting following at 6:30 p.m. when the results will be announced.


If members approve the agreement, it will go to the Akron City Council for a vote.


The city will begin negotiations on full contracts at the end of this year with the police union, fire union and AFSCME.