pay raises

Michael E. Keating

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said Wednesday the city and the Fraternal Order of Police are back at the table negotiating a new contract for the city's police officers.

The talks come after city council delayed a decision this week on Mayor John Cranley's plan to increase salaries for all union workers.

Beginning next week, county employees will see their paychecks go up.

Hamilton County Commissioners Wednesday approved the first pay raises in nearly six years for non-union workers.

Board member Greg Hartmann says he's convinced the county's finances are stable enough to sustain the increases.

"The need has been demonstrated that we need to do it," he says. "Can we? Can we afford it? The conclusion that I've come to is yes, that we can. We can do it. Without raising taxes, we can do it, without layoffs. I'm convinced of that."