City, unions agree on raises, health plan deductibles

Union members employed by the City of Kettering will begin paying 25 percent of their health insurance deductible for the first time in 2013 under three-year bargaining agreements that have been been approved by city council.

The unions include the Fraternal Order of Police (patrol officers), the Kettering Police Command Unit (sergeants and lieutenants), the FOP unit for dispatchers, and the AFCME/AFL-CIO (streets, parks and vehicle maintenance workers).

City manager Mark Schwieterman said negotiations continue with the firefighters union, whose contract was the last to expire. The city swore in its new fire chief, Terry Jones, and captain, Ethan Slussman, on Aug. 14.

Pay raises of 2.25 percent this year, 2.25 percent in 2013 and 2.5 percent in 2014 are also stipulated for the unions, along with continuing the current 17 percent employee contribution for insurance premiums.

About half of the city’s more than 300 employees are unionized. Non-union workers began paying 25 percent of the deductible this year, which will save the city about $150,000. Annual budget savings will rise to more than $300,000 when union members begin paying the same amount in 2013, Schwieterman said.

Health insurance deductibles are $4,000 for family coverage and $2,000 for individuals.

Schwieterman said negotiations with all of the unions have gone smoothly.

“Our goal is to treat our employees fairly. Our employees’ goal is to work with management,” he said.

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