|By David Skolnick, Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The deals with the
"The city can live with" the pay increases, said Mayor
Council voted Wednesday in favor of the two contracts.
These two contracts and the police patrol officers unions, approved in April, have set the pay-raise amounts for other unions negotiating deals with the city.
"It was a fair agreement," said
The mayor also said he was pleased caps on employee contributions toward health care premiums will be removed in 2016, and that the unions and the city will create a committee to review health insurance plans to recommend changes to keep costs down.
In addition to the pay raises, water department union members will receive a
The union usually fixes 30 to 35 waterline breaks in January and February, and did 131 during those two months this year,
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