Deals call for 2 percent raises for Oklahoma City employees

The Oklahoma City Council is expected to act on new contracts for about 2,400 union employees before the end of the year.
by William Crum Published: December 11, 2013

Members of Oklahoma City's two biggest employee unions are expected to get 2 percent across-the-board raises under their new contracts.

The deals are expected to go before the city council later this month.

Adjustments in prescription drug coverage are included in the agreements with the Fraternal Order of Police and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The tentative agreements were reached last week, City Manager Jim Couch wrote in a memo to Mayor Mick Cornett and council members.

Union members are expected to vote over the next couple of weeks, and it's anticipated the council could give final approval Dec. 31, Couch wrote.

The police union represents 1,042 employees in the police department. The federation represents 1,369 employees in a variety of departments throughout city government.

The base wage for union firefighters is going up 2.61 percent under terms of a deal ratified earlier. The firefighters' union represents 955 employees.

Increased insurance and pension contributions reduced firefighters' net raises to about 1.5 percent, firefighters' union President Phil Sipe said earlier.

All of the deals are for one year, retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1.

As of last week, Oklahoma City had 4,387 full-time employees and 417 part-time employees.

Part-time employees are not represented by a union.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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