Bonuses, spending of American Rescue Plan money, remain sticking point in new Mayfield Heights union contracts

 Bonuses, spending of American Rescue Plan money, remain sticking point in new Mayfield Heights union contracts

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — City Council did not approve a new contract for its service department workers Monday (July 12), but like past union contracts that also failed to get council approval this year, it will, nonetheless, soon go into effect.

Council voted 3-3 (with Council President Diane Snider abstaining because her husband is a police department employee) when voting on the service department contract. As negotiated by the city and the department’s union, the new contract calls for a 2.5-percent raise in each of its three years (beginning, retroactively, last January), plus a one-time bonus. The bonus equals 4 percent of each employee’s 2020 salaries. The contract is similar to contracts agreed upon earlier this year by police and firefighters’ unions. Traditionally, non-union city employees in Mayfield Heights get the same increases as do union workers.

Even though council did not approve the contract to which the administration had agreed, state law states that the service department contract will go into effect within 30 days of the deal being signed.

As was the case in May with the police and firefighter contracts, Councilwoman Gayle Teresi was joined in opposing the service department contract by Councilmen Robert DeJohn and Donald Manno. The service department contract is the last to be settled.

“We’re all in favor of everyone getting a raise,” Teresi said, when contacted July 15. “Our service department, our fire department and police department…

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