North Royalton nonunion workers to receive 2-percent raises in 2019

December 5, 2018

North Royalton nonunion workers to receive 2-percent raises in 2019

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – The city’s nonunion workers – including Building Commissioner Dan Kulchytsky, Assistant Law Director Donna Vozar, officer managers, inspectors, secretaries and clerical workers – will receive 2-percent raises in 2019, under legislation City Council approved Tuesday.

It’s the same percentage increase given to union workers in 2019, under a slew of new three-year collective bargaining agreements council approved earlier this year. However, the legislation for nonunion workers is for one year only.

Finance Director Eric Dean estimates the raises for nonunion employees will cost the city about $41,000 next year.

“Part-time employees are not included (in that estimate) since their wages are dependent upon the number of hours they may work,” Dean told cleveland.com in a Tuesday email.

As in 2018, the city next year will deposit $1,900 into health-savings accounts for each union and nonunion employee with a family medical plan. The accounts are to make up for a rise in the insurance deductible, which is the amount in medical expenses employees must pay before their insurance kicks in.

The deductible rose from $800 for family coverage in 2017 to $2,700 this year and will remain at $2,700 in 2019.

In effect, the new health-savings accounts meant that employees’ healthcare exposure – their costs in deductibles, copays and other out-of-pocket expenses – remained at $800 for a family plan this year.

Earlier this year, city officials said the exposure limit would rise to $1,200 in 2019 and $1,300 in 2020. However, Dean said Tuesday the exposure limit would remain at $800 for a family plan in 2019.

If employee healthcare exposure rises beyond the those set limits, the city will contribute additional money into the health-savings accounts or reimburse workers in some other way, Dean said.

Meanwhile, employee premiums – the amount they pay each month for a family health insurance plan – will increase from $199 in 2018 to $210 in 2019.

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