City of Toronto, AFSCME union reach contract

TORONTO — City Council members passed a resolution Monday evening approving the collective bargaining agreement between the city and American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Ohio Council and Local 3922, effective through July 31, 2020.

Mayor John Parker said the contract calls for increases of 3 percent this year, in 2018 and in 2019.

In other matters, council honored those whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, in the nation’s terror attacks.

Second Ward Councilwoman Dorothy Blaner read a quote from Vice President Mike Pence, noting, “A common enemy forged common ground and a new generation of American heroes. Today, Americans will pause to remember those who fell on 9/11 and their families. But let us also pause to celebrate those Americans who, by their service and sacrifice, have made this day of tragedy into a triumph of freedom.”

Blaner and council thanked police officers, firefighters, EMS and first responders for their daily sacrifices and commitment to protecting others.

A resolution of sympathy and to honor the late John Abdalla was passed by council as well. Abdalla died July 24, having served in many capacities, including as mayor of Stratton and owner of Abdalla’s Steakhouse. He was chairman of the Democratic Party of Jefferson County and a former member of the Jefferson County Board of Elections.