Twinsburg Reaches Agreement With Another Union Contract
City dispatchers have two year contract with a wage freeze for 2011
Another contract agreement has been reached between the city of Twinsburg and union representatives for city employees that includes a pay freeze for 2011.
On Tuesday City Council unanimously ratified a contract agreement between the city and the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA) representing city dispatchers.
Clayton Morris, the human resources director for Twinsburg, told City Council this agreement is very similar to those reached earlier with other union representatives.
“It’s not significantly different than the other ones that we did two weeks ago,” Morris said.
Besides standard clauses for additional training and seeking medical attention for work-related injuries, Morris said one of the issues they approached was duty hours.
“Duty hours is one of the topics we clarified,” Morris told council. “They cannot work more than 12 hours in a dispatch capacity. They were getting as much as 16 and we backed that down.”
The biggest similarities to the other contracts were the duration and payment. Both parties agreed to a two-year contract with a zero percent pay increase. In March 2012 they will meet again to discuss wages for the future.
A representative for the OPBA, which also represents the police department’s patrol units and sergeants, could not be reached for comment.
One more union contract is still out. Morris said he is still working on negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, representing the city’s fire department.