Employee bonus reductions to save city $900,000

October 07, 2009

Akron City Council approved three ordinances which call for reduced or canceled 2009 longevity payments for members of the Civil Service Personnel Association, the Akron Nurses Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and management and non bargaining city employees.

The legislation passed Monday night will save the city a total of nearly $900,000.

Under agreements reached between the city and the unions, 2009 longevity payments – or bonuses paid based on years of service – will be delayed for the three bargaining units. This year’s payments will be eliminated for non bargaining employees. Effective Nov. 1, the new longevity payment schedules for each unit are:

CSPA and Akron Nurses Association

Qualifying bargaining unit employees will receive half of their 2009 longevity payment, and the balance will be paid in the first quarter of 2012.

Estimated cost savings: $100,000

Fraternal Order of Police

FOP members with five to 19 years of service will forego Longevity I payments for 2009 in exchange for maintaining paid leave hours.

Members with 20 to 21 years of service will forego 2009 payments, known as Longevity II, until 2012.

Members with 22 to 25 years of service will still receive all longevity payments.

Estimated cost savings: $293,000

Non bargaining employees

Management and non bargaining city employees will receive no longevity payments for 2009.

Estimated cost savings: $500,000