The tentative agreement with police is for one year, shorter than usual, in recognition that the city's new administration has been in office for just six months prior to the
"The city is in difficult financial times and we wanted to give the new administration some time to get their feet on the ground," he said.
The 2.5 percent increase will boost starting pay for a police officer from
The last contract, a three-year agreement, was signed in 2014 by then Mayor
The financial impact of the new agreement was not immediately available.
The city and fire department union tentatively have agreed on a two-year contract that calls for a 2.5 percent raise in the first year and a 2 percent raise in the second year of the contract. The agreement calls for a 1.5 percent increase in insurance cost to employees in the first year and 1 percent in the second year.
The major change for firefighters is a shift in the schedule to a 24 hours on, 72 hours off work schedule versus a schedule where firefighters worked four 10-hour day shifts and four 14-hour night shifts in a two-week period.
In general, Passero said, "I believe we have fair agreements with minimal impact to the city's budget."
The city's negotiating team included Chief Administrative Officer
"It seemed to me the parties had some healthy negotiations and came up with fair agreements on both sides," Passero said.
Local fire union President
Lynch said the agreement with police received overwhelming support -- a 32 to 7 vote -- by the union body.
Not all were happy with the agreement, according to attorney
She approached the
She also called the measure in the contract allowing for a take-home vehicle for detectives unnecessary and something the detectives had not asked for.
Lynch said the proper forum to discuss the complaints was at union meetings and not with the
"Overwhelmingly the members think that having a take-home car is at the very least a perk," Lynch said. "Everyone that I represent I try to do the best I can for."
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