YOUNGSTOWN - The Western Reserve Port Authority unanimously approved in a special meeting Thursday a three-year contract with six maintenance and operations workers at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.
The deal, which starts Sunday and expires March 31, 2015, calls for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union members to start paying 10 percent into the Public Employees Retirement System.
The Port Authority will pay the remaining 14 percent, which board attorney Dan Keating said is its legal obligation.
Workers will get a pay hike to $16.93 an hour from $15.13 an hour, and all will pay 10 percent toward health care. Previously, health care contributions varied according to seniority.
The contract doesn't contain a wage reopener, nor does it include a half-hour paid lunch break, as the old contract did.
Keating said the overall changes amount to about a 1 percent increase for workers.
In other action, the board approved spending an extra $7,900 for Kirila Contractors to build a trench, install drainage stones and pave the southeast section of the airport parking lot that has been saturated during rains.
Aviation Director Dan Dickten said the board remains below the 10 percent contingency amount it set aside for cost changes in parking lot, terminal and other airport improvements being paid for by a bond.