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Columbus gives police officers wage increase.

Columbus gives police officers wage increase

In Columbus, OH, 1,250 police officers were covered by a 3-year contract that called for wage increases, and for changes in other provisions intended to control labor costs.

The wage increases are 4.5 percent at the beginning of the second and third contract years. Under the prior contract, pay ranged from $16,848 for new officers to $27,788 after 2 1/2 years' service. After the third-year increase in the new contract, pay will range from $19,408 for new officers to $32,014 after 3 1/2 years' service.

In addition to the lenghtening of the pay progression schedule, the union agreed that officers who report for a court case will now receive only 1 hour's pay if the case is dismissed or continued. As before, they will receive 3 hour's pay if the case is tried.

In addition to an expected $600,000 annual cost savings from the new court appearance rules, city officials expect $300,000 annual savings from new health care cost-containment rules, such as higher deductibles and a sedond-opinion requirement before elective surgery. The settlement also called for increased longevity pay and uniform allowances. The city agreed to hire 105 officers a year, a net gain of 70 jobs because about 35 jobs must be filled each year due to attrition.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1988
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