“The major elements of the fact-finding report are obviously the wages, and the fact finder did select the city’s proposal,” Kettering City Manager Mark Schwieterman said.
“But then again, that proposal is consistent with our other union contracts. And then the fact finder opted not to make changes to other financial-related terms and there were a number of them,” he added.
A fact finder earlier this year recommended the same annual pay increases for the union representing more than 70 Kettering firefighters. The result was a three-year deal with the International Association of Firefighters Local 2150.
The report involving the dispatchers’ union said members “are well compensated. They are at the top of the pay range for dispatchers from comparable jurisdictions, locally and statewide.”
“Based upon the evidence submitted, the dispatchers in the bargaining unit have been fairly compensated,” according to Lenehan’s opinion. “The union’s proposed increases of 3.5% cannot be justified …”
Lenehan also recommended no changes on some time off and insurance issues, decisions which favored the city.
Negotiations started April 26, and three sessions were held through Aug. 13, records show. The parties were unable to reach agreement at the bargaining table and proceeded to mediation, which was unsuccessful, according to the report.