On Monday, December 10th, Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Lodge 28 ratified a proposed four-year (2013-2016) Labor Agreement with the Township of Lower Merion to follow the three-year contract that expires on December 31, 2012. Township Manager Doug Cleland will recommend approval of the Agreement to the Police Committee on December 19th. If approved, the Board of Commissioners will vote on the Agreement later that evening.
“The Township is pleased to have been able to arrive at a multi-year labor agreement with our excellent police force,” stated Cleland. “I believe the tentative agreement is both fair to our police officers as well as to the citizens of Lower Merion, and allows us to avoid the unknown of binding contract arbitration.”
Highlights of the tentative agreement with the 128-member bargaining unit include:
· Competitive base wage rate increases of 3.5% in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2.0% on January 1, 2016 and 1.75% on July 1, 2016.
· $50 increase in annual uniform cleaning allowance in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
· Improvement in pension service increment for the Officers, accompanied by additional employee pension contribution requirements.
· Improvement in vision, dental and life insurance for the Officers.
· Cost containment and savings for healthcare insurance for active officers and future retirees.
“The FOP Bargaining Committee worked very hard with the Township Negotiating Team in coming to a fair and balanced tentative agreement,” noted Gavin Goschinski, F.O.P. Lodge 28 President.
“The proposed contract is competitive with recent labor agreements and arbitration awards for other area Police Departments and it will add net additional cost to the Township of approximately $3.5 million over the 4 year period,” noted Elizabeth Rogan, Board President. “The Agreement is a product of the hard work and professionalism of our Police and Management employees. Their mutual, interest-based negotiating style well represented the members of F.O.P. Lodge 28 and the Township.”
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