An ordinance to boost non-union city workers’ pay to 3 percent for 2019 comes after West Carrollton last month accepted a fact-finder’s report recommending that same increase for the West Carrollton Police Association. FILE

Fact-finder’s police ruling helps boost pay for non-union city workers

An ordinance to boost non-union city workers pay to 3 percent for 2019 comes after West Carrollton last month accepted a fact-finder’s report recommending that same increase for the West Carrollton Police Association.

Non-union city employees and the police sergeants union both received a 2.5-percent wage increase in 2019, city records show. Pay for those workers would increase 0.5 percent retroactive to Jan. 1 under the proposal expected to be approved by West Carrollton City Council tonight.

“A 3-percent increase for bargaining unit employees is not unreasonable,” according to the fact-finder’s report.

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The city sought to give the WCPA a 2.5-percent hike for 2019, while the union of patrol officers and detectives sought a 4-percent raise, according to the fact-finder’s report.

“There are very few departments in the state of Ohio, and no comparable departments, who have received an increase at the level proposed by the union,” according to the fact-finder’s report.

The WCPA includes 17 full-time officers and detectives, as well as two part-time officers, records show.

The city’s 2019 appropriations call for 2.5-percent wage hikes for all employees. The 0.5-percent increase will add $35,000 to the budget “across all funds for union and non-union employees,” city records show.

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“The city has made efforts to keep expenditures consistent at a time when revenue collections have been flat or worse,” according to the fact-finder’s report. “Fifteen full-time positions have been eliminated and 10 positions have been reduced to part-time since fiscal year 2000.”

The union contends the police department has had problems retaining employees as eight patrol officers have resigned since 2014, the report states.

While “the city has recovered” since the Great Recession, “the union’s wages have not. Their wages far below those paid to surrounding jurisdictions,” the report states.

West Carrollton City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in the West Carrollton Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave.

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