LIMA — A new contract for Allen County Sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers and dispatchers will take effect, despite inaction from the county and union.
The Allen County commissioners and Fraternal Order of Police Ohio Ohio Labor Council Inc. Blue Unit both declined to take action on a fact finder’s report from bargaining on a new contract to replace one that expired Dec. 31, 2013. The lack of action means the report will become the new contract for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
That report gives wage increases of 1 percent retroactive to Jan. 1 for 2014, 1 percent for 2015 and 2 percent for 2016, Allen County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jim Everett said Thursday.
The county had requested no wage increases for that time, and the union had requested a 1.5 percent increase retroactive to Jan. 1, another 1.5 percent in November and 3 percent raises in 2015 and 2016.
The union requested a shift differential for working second and third shifts, but the fact finder denied that proposal. The fact finder did grant the union’s request to allow proposed bidding on shifts based on seniority.
The Blue Unit of the union represents 44 deputies, 39 corrections officers and 15 dispatchers. The two other sheriff’s office unions, one representing supervisors and one representing support staff, are not bargaining currently.
Either the commissioners or union could have opted to approve or deny the fact finder’s report. If there had been a difference, the bargaining would have continued with the possibility of binding arbitration. In Ohio, police and fire unions are not allowed to strike. Both sides chose to allow the report to take effect by not approving or opposing it.