|By Renatta Signorini, Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Commissioners approved the contract for the township's 19 officers this week. It is retroactive to
Negotiations have been ongoing since the summer of 2011.
"It's a large weight lifted off of both sides to know that it's resolved," said Chief
The officers' agreement calls for four annual
Otto said officers have approved the agreement.
Beginning in 2016, officers will have a 5 percent health insurance premium deducted from their pay. The 2012 lump-sum payments were part of the savings from the township switching insurers from
Other changes in the contract include adjustments to longevity and holiday pay.
Officers hired before
Longevity pay is typically an annual compensation for employees based on seniority.
Paid holidays will decrease from 12 to 11 in 2016. In that year,
Township commissioners approved a contract extension for Otto in January, locking him in until
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