Beacon Journal staff
WADSWORTH: After months of negotiation and approval by the City Council, dispatcher and communication officers approved a new contract last week, but the police sergeants and patrol officers rejected proposed new contracts by a wide margin.
Safety Director Matt Hiscock said the next step is to go to fact-finding and if that does not result in an agreement, conciliation will follow.
According to Hiscock, the contract included a 2 percent pay increase for next year, 2.25 percent in 2014 and another 2.5 percent in 2015 with the contract to expire at the end of 2015.
Other areas of change include an increase in employee health contributions, sick leave, elimination of longevity supplements and a reduction in the conversion of sick leave payout for new hires and elimination of an instant performance-based bonus.
Also included in the negotiations was language to allow for the exploration of changes in the length of work days, an increase in the ballistic vest allowance and changes to the voluntary physical fitness program.
The three contracts represent five sergeants, 22 patrol officers and eight dispatcher/communication officers. The police chief, police lieutenant and administrative assistant are departmental members not included in the contracts, Hiscock noted.
Hiscock said the city wanted to have the contracts completed by the end of the year.