Police will receive a 9 percent increase in pay over 3 years.
WEST BROOKFIELD - Local police will receive a 9 percent pay hike over the three-year life of a contract signed Tuesday by the Board of Selectmen.
The agreement with the New England Benevolent Association, which represents the nine full- and part-time police officers in town, runs retroactive from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2010.
The contract calls for a 3 percent hike each year, which is the same salary increase contained in the past two police contracts.
For an entry level, academy trained, full-time police officer, the new contract provides a starting salary of $15.71 an hour. That compares with $15.25 an hour in the final year of the prior contract and climbs to $16.67 an hour in fiscal 2010.
A full-time officer with one full year of service will receive $16.74 an hour in the first year of the agreement and that increases to $17.76 an hour in the final year. Hourly rates increase for each successive full year of service, reaching $20.34 an hour for a full-time police officer with eight full years of service in the contract's first year to $21.58 an hour for that officer in fiscal 2010.
For part-time officers, the fiscal 2008 entry level pay for an academy-trained officer will be $13.10 an hour, same as the pay is fiscal 2007. That entry level pay increases to $13.89 an hour in fiscal 2010. A part-time officer will one full year of service will receive $13.60 an hour in year one of the new contract and $14.42 an hour in fiscal 2010. Pay rates increase with each successive year of service topping out at $19.20 an hour in fiscal 2010 for a part time officer with 14 years of service.
Police Chief C. Thomas O'Donnell Jr. said yesterday that this contract was the first one negotiated by the New England Police Benevolent Association. Since 1997, the police in town had been represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Truck Drivers Union, but last year members decided to switch, saying they felt the New England Police Brotherhood was more in tune in dealing with municipal governments.
The chief said he was happy with the contract. The negotiations took a lot of time, but "there weren't any huge divisive issues," Chief O'Donnell said.
Under the contract, any full-time police officer with five years on the job who leaves the employment of the town, except for termination for just cause, has the option of buying back 50 percent of accumulated sick time. The maximum buyback is $5,000.
The officers can also buy back five days of accumulated sick time each year if the money is deposited in a deferred compensation plan.
Other benefits include longevity stipends. After five years of service, a full-time officer will receive an annual stipend of $500. That is up from $450 in the last contract. After six through nine years of service a full-time officer receives an annual stipend of $525, up from $475 and an annual stipend of $550 for a full-time officer with 10 or more years of service. That increases from $500 in the prior contract.
Stipends for part time police officers, based on the same schedule of years of service, increase $50 annually to $300 after five years, $325 after six to nine years and $350 annually for 10 years or more.
Shift differentials also are provided. An officer working the 3 to 11 p.m. shift receives a $1.25 differential, which is up from 90 cents an hour in the previous contract. Officers on the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift receive a differential of $1.50 an hour, up from $1.05 an hour and officers working the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift on a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday will gain a pay differential of $1 an hour, up from 90 cents an hour.
Police detail rates for any private contractor or agency of West Brookfield will increase from $32 an hour in the past contract to $41 an hour in this fiscal year, $42 beginning July 1 and $43 as of July 1, 2009.
NAME: WEST BROOKFIELD SELECTMEN; WEST BROOKFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Mar 27, 2008|
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