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Police offered incentives to delay retirement.

Police offered incentives to delay retirement

Length-of-service pay allowances were adopted in a 3-year agreement between the District of Columbia and the Fraternal Order of Police. The annual allowances, payable only to officers with 20 years of service, were intended to induce them to delay retiring. According to the city, 2,351 of the 3,880 officers will attain the 20 years' pension eligibility requirement by 1992.

The accord gives all officers wage increases totaling 9 percent over the 3-year term; improves optical, dental, and legal benefits; credits officers with 195 times the amount of planned paid time off they are unable to take because of duty requirements; and guarantees that officers accused of using deadly force in the line of duty will be returned to duty immediately after being cleared in an internal investigation, rather than having to await the outcome of a grand jury investigation.

Despite this settlement, the seven unions representing 15,500 other District of Columbia workers declared that bargaining was at an impasse, triggering a mediation process. If this does not lead to settlements, binding arbitration follows.

The 1987 round of bargining for all union-represented employees is the third since the District of Columbia separated its employees from the Federal Government in 1980.
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Title Annotation:District of Columbia and the Fraternal Order of Police
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1987
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