Stow City Council has voted against legislation that would give non-union employees a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment for 2013.
The Beacon Journal reports that the city negotiates with five unions every three years, and this year the unions have agreed to pay an increase for their members health insurance.
The city has agreed to pay the COLA for union employees because of the agreement.
An ordinance in place for Stow employees automatically applies the unions health care to the 83 non-union workers, but the ordinance does not apply the COLA.
Stow Mayor, Sara Drew originally proposed the legislation that would give non-union employees a 1.5 percent COLA increase for this year, and a 2 percent increase for 2014.
City council says its not about fairness, it's about what the city and the budget can afford.