City Council Approves Union Pay Raises

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

April 12, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Dozens of Fort Wayne union workers will receive a pay raise this year.

The measure was approved Tuesday night by Fort Wayne City Council.

City employees from three different unions will receive 1% pay raises.

For example, a city employee who is paid $40,000 dollars a year, will receive a pay raise of $400 dollars.

Meanwhile, most of those workers are from the Public Works, Animal Care and Control, or City Utilities Departments.

The raise, which was passed by a vote of 8 to 1, will be in effect for one year.

The only council member to vote "no" was Republican Councilwoman Liz Brown.

Brown told Indiana's NewsCenter that city revenues are going to be down and things are going to be tight for the next two years.

Therefore, Brown explained, Fort Wayne should be saving money, not giving out pay raises.

"When the revenues are there and I know we're providing the services that we should be providing to the citizens of Fort Wayne," said Republican At-Large Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Liz Brown.

Brown continued, "I'll make sure that our employees are adequately compensated for their work because we want good employees, and we want them to stay here, if they're doing the jobs that we think they should be doing."

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Meanwhile, a pay raise for Fort Wayne Firefighters was introduced at Tuesday night's council meeting.

Their 1% raise could be approved on Tuesday, April 26.

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City leaders also approved a $235,264 dollar one year contract with Ciocca Cleaning and Restoration for custodial services at Citizens Square.

However, some council members said the bidding process was not transparent.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne Council President invited Executive Management Services to the council table to discuss concerns regarding custodial services.

Executive Management Services is the company who currently cleans the City-County Building.

David Bego from Executive Management Services told the council, the bidding process was not transparent.

Bego said his company could not find the request for services proposal online.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne Purchasing Director Jim Howard insists the requests for services proposal was posted on the city's website.

At least two council members (Brown & Harper) agreed with Executives Management Services that the bidding process was not transparent and they voted no on the contract.

However, the contract passed by a vote of 7 to 2.

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Meanwhile, the Fort Wayne Police Department sought approval for 129 new computers and 72 new DVD video cameras for their squad cars.

The cost, more than $1.1 million dollars.

The proposal received full support from all nine council members.




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