EAST PALESTINE - Village employees belonging to the Teamsters and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) are looking to increase their wages over the next three years.
Representatives from each union, and some officers, met with village officials behind closed doors early Monday to negotiate hourly wages and insurance benefits.
Village Manager Pete Monteleone, Finance Director Traci Thompson and council members Alan Cohen, Ellen Beagle and Jim Tyger negotiated with each of the unions separately for roughly 40 minutes. The council members were selected to serve on the negotiating committee at a prior council meeting.
Thompson said the negotiations are for the remaining three years of the five-year contract that expires in 2015. She said both unions received a 3 percent wage increase in 2011 and a 2.5 percent increase in 2012.
The Teamsters Local 377 covers street, park, and waste department employees and clerical employees in the water department, while the FOP covers full-time dispatchers and patrolmen.
No action was taken following the executive session and Monteleone said the unions are expected to reach an agreement with the village sometime this week.
Thompson said an agreement must be reached by mid-December.