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Wheeling's nonunion employees get raises

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The Wheeling Village Board approved a 2.5 percent increase in the salary schedules for nonunion employees this week.

The board approved the raises without comment Monday night, but this is the same pay rate increase negotiated for police officers and other police department employees, according to a memorandum from Village Manager Jon Sfondilis.

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An increase of 2.25 percent was negotiated for employees of the public works department, and the village is at present negotiating with the firefighters, the memo said.

Before 2008 village policy kept raises equal for different groups of employees, but the recession interfered with that, according to the memo. This resulted in supervisors' salaries being closer to the unionized employees under them, the memo said, but steps were taken in 2011 to correct this.

Sfondilis recommended the increases to keep salaries among employee groups equal.

Since 2009 union employees' wage increases have averaged as high as 2.5 percent while those for non-unionized people have been 1.44 percent.

Department heads are not included. Sfondilis evaluates them annually in November and decides whether they should receive raises, he said after the Monday meeting.

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