Heath City Council on July 21 approved a contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which affects 34 employees. The contract includes a 3.2-percent raise in each of the next two years and a 3.5 percent raise in the third year of the contract.

Heath City Council on July 21 approved a contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which affects 34 employees. The contract includes a 3.2-percent raise in each of the next two years and a 3.5 percent raise in the third year of the contract.

Heath Mayor Richard Waugh said it is the same raise percentage the city approved for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) 127, which covers 16 police officers and sergeants and five dispatchers.

Other changes in the contract affect the employees' insurance coverage.

The city began negotiations in February with those two unions and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2930.

Waugh said the city and IAFF are close in contract talks but still are negotiating wages. The two will go before a fact-finding body at the end of August.

If both sides agree to the recommendation of the outside source, the contract will be put up for a vote. If not, another outside source would have to review the proposals.

Waugh said it could be October before the contract is approved if the two sides cannot agree.