Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-15
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Community Chorus to sing — Page 2 Garden habitat is safe haven — P<; Amherst News-Time _■ Wednesday. December 15, 1999 Amherst, Ohio Union tries to negotiate for Nordson jobs by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter I Officials of Nordson Corporation have turned down a union counterproposal that would keep 125 jobs at its Amherst facility. Nordson notified the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1802, which represents Nordson's hourly employees, that their proposal did not meet their goals for Action 2000, and gave the union a list of things that could meet those goals and save the jobs. Action 2000, according to Nordson, is a 24-month company-wide initiative to realign Nordson's management structure for optimum performance, consolidate business operations, streamline manufacturing processes, stimulate the development of innovative products, provide access to new markets through both internal growth and strategic acquisitions, and accelerate financial growth. According to a Local 1802 document, Nordson's suggestions to the union to meet the goals for Action 2000 include the following: • All hourly employees will give up the 29 cents an hour cost of living allowance, and all future cost of living increases. • All non-skilled employees would give up between $2.25 and $3 an hour from their wages. • Shift premium reduction (a shift premium is an increased rate of pay for people who work second or third shifts) from 74 cents to 35 cents an hour. * • Hourly personnel would "pick up" five minutes of their non working time, and surrender it back to the company. • All hourly employees would sign up under a different insurance program. • Allow the company to end the stock option benefit program given to hourly employees. • Employees would renegotiate a five-year contract with the company. According to union president Joseph Chaszar, the whole issue for union members is they way the company is going about cost cutting measures to meet Action 2000 guidelines. "I feel like they want us to line someone else's said. MDMM—_i', SJkWmmt' According to the union president, what troubles the union most is that Nordson seems unwilling to give up anything much less meet them halfway to make the company more profitable. Union members, would like to see management paychecks reflect similar concessions. The unions's counterproposal CONTINUED on page 2 Trip around the country takes classroom place by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter I ! Ryan Krase, a 1998 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School and now a student at Baldwin Wallace College, has just returned from the college's newest education program, an exploration series entitled the USA Study Tour. "If there is a theme for this program, it is preparing our students to live in a bigger world," explained B-W sociology professor Margaret Brooks-Terry. Krase, along with a troupe of other B.W. students left the college on Aug. 23 in four full-sized vans and returned on Nov. 23. in three full-sized vans, compliments of a very successful car thief in Juarez, Mexico. There were 14 core credits to be gained, four in religion, four in sociology, one in physical education and five for their independent study. Students who wanted to take home momentos or take in shows not on their itinerary had to pay for it out of their own pockets. For nearly everything else, the college picked up the tab. Each member was given a debit card, to pay for meals and toiletries. Every week or so the college would deposit money into the account. The daily food allowance was $5 for breakfast, $10 for lunch and $15 for supper. Ryan Krase gives the former First Lady a hug after meeting her and former President Jimmy Carter in Georgia. Ryan Krase finishes up some of his assign- Library, ments while working at the Amherst Public Full-time fire chief sought to aid city's growth position a full-time job and has sent _ that recommendation to the floor of council for approval. Fire chief Ralph Zilch submitted Council committees last week the proposal. discussed making the fire chiefs According to Zilch, "At this time by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter it is the only way we can go, to give the services to the Amherst Fire Department, and the city...I've gone as far as I can go as a part-time chief with what has to be done." Zilch also said that there are new regulations on both state and on federal levels that require an increase in paperwork. For cities the size of Amherst, both the fire and police chief are normally on par with one another, both in responsibility and salary. "The city keeps annexing new lands, each new house you put up creates a problem for us, each new commercial building you put up creates a nightmare for us. In Lorain County's 22 fire departments, we are fourth in size. We cover the largest populous area of the township and 15 miles of the Ohio Tum- CONTINUED on page 14 I CC, administration will get pay raises City council is discussing several ordinances concerning raises for city officials. Mayor John Higgins for example, currently draws a yearly salary of $17,107 as a part-time city official. His position has been made full- time and the ordinance will give hint step raises to total a yearly salary of $51,248 by 2003. The auditor and treasurer 'currently make $13,830, and by 2003 they will make $16,025. The safety/service director presently draws a $9,215 yearly income, and by 2003 it will reach $10,679. These ordinances will reach j the floor of council just after the city has finalized the readjustment to its budget 2000, f a re-adjustment caused primarily by the possibility of lay offs at the Nordson Corporation. The potential loss of revenue sent the administration back to the drawing board with its budget. Company CEO Ed Campbell has assured Amherst officials that the Amherst facility will remain open and remain Nordson's primary manufacturing site. The promise by Nordson relieved a lot of tension at City Hall, and took some of the prffcsure off the budget trimming, enabling the mayor to go ahead with some of the original capital improvement plans and re-adjust some salaries. A request to make the secretary for the building department a full-time position was tabled by council until the 2000 city council convenes. > Present ______ __1 2002 20Q3 Mayor 17,107 46,000 47,610 49,277 51,248 Auditor 13,830 14,384 14,888 15,409 16,025 Treasurer 13,830 14,384 14t888 15,409 16,025 Safety/Service Director 9,215 9,584 9,920 10,268 10,679 4 Council President 4,665 4,873 5,044 5,221 5,430 Council at Large 4,395 4,571 4,731 4,897 5,093 Ward Council 4,395 4,571 4,731 4,897 5,093 Law director cries foul over new plan to restructure job The city law director's office is getting an overhaul, much to the chagrin of Alan Anderson, who lost the race for law director in the' November election to Kennth Stumphauzer. "I think it unconscienable on the part of city council, to consider reorganizing the compensation of the law director and his department after the election — waiting to see who won the election and then reorganizing this and setting it up that way, doubling the law director's salary, doubling the prosecutor's salary, and doing that after the election after you've seen who has won — I think it's unconscienable," Anderson said last week during council committee meetings. "I think it's absolutely terrible," he said, after discovering that council was in the process of overhauling the law director's office. According to city auditor Diane Eswine, the city spent more than $134,000 in outside legal consulting fees last yew, and that was just with figures she could immediately lay hands on. "I think Mr. Anderson isn't telling the full truth here. I mean, we took out of his budget all the benefits this year, under this proposal, that he received," he said. CONTINUED on page 10
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-15|
|Date of Original||15-DEC-199915-DEC-1999|
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