COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio State Troopers Association overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract with the state that includes a bigger boost than other state employees.
State troopers and other employees represented by the union will get a 12.5 percent raise over the next three years plus a one-time $750 ratification payment. The raise is the first for troopers since 2008.
Other state union employees will get raises of 7.5 percent over three years, retroactive to July 1, 2015. The troopers received a 2.5 percent more than other collective bargaining units for the first two years “in exchange for concessions to the Health and Physical Fitness Program, management discretion in selection and flexibility in the area of personal leave,” according to a joint news release.
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“The agreement is the result of a combined effort by all parties to acknowledge the excellent work and increasing demands placed upon Ohio’s troopers, sergeants, dispatchers and electronic technicians,” the union and state officials said in a joint statement.
The agreement, approved by 90 percent of union members, also makes changes to streamline the disciplinary process and lengthen the retention period for discipline.
The troopers were the last of the five state’s public unions to reach an agreement with the state. This is the first time all unions have agreed to new agreements without involving a third-party intermediary, according to a spokesman with the Department of Administrative Services.
The union rejected a contract in July that offered a 13.5 percent raise over three years.
The agreement will go before the Ohio Controlling Board, a legislative panel that oversees state spending, on Monday.