Summit County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1229 have agreed to a new three-year contract calling for 2.5 percent raises each year.
The deal affects 69 workers in the fiscal office.
County Council approved the agreement Monday. It runs through August 2019.
The union couldn’t be reached for comment, but county leaders said members signed off on the deal last week.
The agreement is better than the last one, which provided raises of 1.5, 1.75 and 2.25 percent.
The county has 12 bargaining units, and this deal kicks off about 18 months of negotiations with its unions. Next up are sheriff’s deputies and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 139.
Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Ilene Shapiro, declined to talk about what the first agreement means for the others.
“It’s our policy not to discuss contract negotiations or future contract negotiations with the media,” he said.
Earlier this year, Akron City Council approved new three-year contracts for its unions and workers calling for 3 percent raises this year and 2.5 percent raises in each of the next two years.
In other business, the council agreed that the county will accept applications for 2017 dog licenses at the seventh annual Adopt-A-Thon, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the county animal control facility, 250 Opportunity Parkway, Akron.
Licenses usually go on sale Dec. 1.
State law requires dog owners and kennels to license their dogs each year by Jan. 31 or after acquiring a dog. A license in Summit costs $18.
The county has sold 39,324 licenses so far this year.
For more details on the Adopt-A-Thon, go to: www.facebook.com/summitpetadoption.
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