Willoughby Hills Taxpayers Provide Generous Benefits Despite COVID Economy

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Willoughby Hills…more public records for you to read

BY STAFF WRITER on  • ( 0 )

We received the following union contract from the City of Willoughby Hills covering their employees, including the Executive Assistant position.  It is a rather lengthy document at 34 pages.    AFSCME Council 8 Labor Agreement – 2017-2019

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It is interesting that this agreement expires December 31, 2019.  Does that mean that they now longer have an agreement?  Still negotiating a new contract?   As they say south of the border: “No way, Jose”.

Please remember that when asking for public records you must be very specific because the government officials are not really interested in helping you understand what is happening.  You have to keep digging for the information that they do not want to see the light of day.  They want to treat you like mushrooms – keep you in the dark, and keep feeding you manure.  We will be asking for their current contract.

Excerpts from the agreement:

  1. Vacations:  Maximum of 6 weeks per year after 13 years of employment
  2. Holidays: 13 per year
  3. Sick leave:  4.6 hours time off for every 80 hours of straight time compensation. Unused sick time will accumulate to a maximum of 1,200 hours [150 eight hour days].  A maximum of 4 sick days per year can be used as a personal day off.  Sick days can be donated to other employees.  Upon retirement, any unused sick days will be paid as a  lump sum payment.
  4. Leave of absence:  Unlimited non-compensated leave of absence is permitted.
  5. Funeral leave: 3 days with pay
  6. Jury Duty: Compensated the difference between jury pay and regular compensation
  7. Military leave:  Fully compensated
  8. Union leave: Unlimited leave, uncompensated, but can use any accrued benefit time for any time off
  9. Longevity Compensation: After 23 years of service the employee will receive $2,550 each year.  Any employee that has been receiving more than that amount will be grandfathered in at the higher amount.
  10. Wages for Executive Assistant: (Maximum end of scale) – 2017  ($66,658) / 2018 ($68,658) / 2019 ($70,718)
  11. Pension pickup: 1% of employee compensation
  12. Health coverage: City pays 88% of medical coverage and a $25,000 term life insurance policy
  13. Uniform allowance:  $100.00 per year
  14. Educational stipend: $2,000 per year
  15. Tenured employee status: Additional $1,000.00 per year
  16. Merit pay: At the discretion of the Mayor an additional day off may be awarded. 

This list does not include the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS) benefit.  It is 14% of annual compensation for pension benefits. For example, if the 2019 wages were $70,718 x .14 = $9,900 in pension benefits each year would be paid.
Here is a website proving the % paid by the employer: https://www.opers.org/employers/tables/index.shtml#employer-contributions

you decide

We will let the Willoughby Hills citizens determine the appropriateness of these benefits. They may want to compare these benefits provided to their City employees to the benefits that they are receiving from their current employer.


Thanks to Lobbyists for Citizens for the great coverage on Willoughby Hills matters!


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