Raises approved for non-union city workers

Published 9:54 am Friday, July 10, 2009

IRONTON — Following in the footsteps of its police, fire and unionized city workers, Ironton City Council passed a resolution Thursday that provides 40-cent per hour raises to the city’s managers and non-bargaining employees.

The pay raises, which are retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009, gives each of the city’s managers and non-union employees pre-tax raises of at least $832 year based on full-time employment. Part-time and temporary positions are pro-rated based on hours worked.

The resolution also contained language that gives workers covered under the resolution a 1 cent, per hour longevity pay bonus for each year of city service.

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Besides the raises, council finalized three $5,000 jumps in pay for Police Chief Jim Carey, Fire Chief Tom Runyon and Street Superintendent Mike Pemberton.

Approved and budgeted when council okayed the city’s 2009 budget in February, the one-time, $5,000 increase added with the 40-cent per hour raise, jumps Carey and Runyon’s annual salary from $45,000 to $50,832.

Pemberton, who just celebrated his 35th anniversary with the city, will see his annual salary increase from $40,281 to $46,113.

Also included in the legislation was a 10 percent pension “pickup” for each of the 22 positions listed within the resolution.

Like Social Security in the private sector, the city of Ironton and its employees both contribute toward government workers’ retirement benefits.

As the employer, Ironton pays a percentage of each firefighter’s and police officers salary into the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.

All other city workers are covered by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. For them, the city of Ironton contributes an amount equal to 14 percent of each person’s salary.

However, Ohio PERS requires workers to contribute 10 percent of their own pay. But with the 10 percent “pickup,” listed in the resolution, the entire personal share for full-time managers and non-bargaining city workers are picked up by the city and ultimately taxpayers.

Similar to the city’s bargaining units, the resolution also includes a $70 per quarter perfect attendance bonus for employees who do not use any sick hours.

Council’s finance committee previously approved the resolution and sent to council without much discussion. The committee only questioned the hourly rate of the city’s dog warden which is an on-call position.

Finance Director Kristen Martin told the committee the raises were budgeted for the city’s 2009 fiscal year.

The resolution passed by a 5-0 vote. Council members Leo Johnson and Butch Huff were absent. Mayor Rich Blankenship was also not in attendance as he was on vacation.