PBA/SOA/Clerical Contracts Negotiated

At Thursday night’s Mayor & Council, the governing body passed three (3) resolutions approving the Collective Bargaining Agreements between the municipality and the police department and clerical personnel. The final step is to approve three (3) ordinances – one for the PBA (Police Benevolent Association), one for the SOA (Superior Officers Association), and one for the UAW (Clerical Union).

The salary increase for both the PBA and SOA over five years is an across the board 2% annual increase. The last time contract negotiations were held in 2012, the matter went to arbitration and the PBA and SOA received a 0% increase retroactively for 2011 and a 2%, 2.75%, and 2% increase for the subsequent years. This year negotiations were handled between the municipality and the respective bargaining units and did not result in arbitration with a steady increase through 2019. The ceiling salary for a Level VI classified PBA officer will now be $98,715.28. Police Sergeants will have a salary of $113,020.39 by 2019 and Lieutenants will be paid $119,244.09 by the end of five years.

The salary guide for the clerical staff of the UAW, formally known as the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 2326, basically remained the same as the one agreed to in 2012 with the exceptions of Senior Account Clerk, Sewer Utility Account Clerk, Construction Clerk, and the Code Enforcement Officer where the maximum salary went up between 9% and 12%:

Senior Account Clerk
Sewer Utility Account Clerk
Construction Clerk
Code Enforcement Officer

The ordinances for these agreements are scheduled to be voted on and approved at the November 20, 2014 Mayor & Council meeting.

With these agreements completed, the only¬†negotiations that remain outstanding are with the Department of Public Works (DPW) Workers Union and the Crossing Guards’ Association.