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Police union gets new 1-year pact

April 25, 2001

Police union gets new 1-year pact



By JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown's police union got a new one-year contract late Tuesday that retroactively gives members a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase.

The City Council unanimously approved the contract with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3373 Tuesday night.

Union and city representatives have been negotiating a new police contract since March 2000, said City Human Resources Director Don Francis.

With the new contract set, the two sides will resume negotiations immediately in an attempt to secure a longer contract, Francis said. Typically the union's contract has been for three years.

The one-year contract will cost the city $114,200, according to the motion memo.

The contract period is from July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2001. The wage increase will be retroactive to the first pay period after July 1, 2000, according to the agreement.

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Under the contract, the overtime pay rate for employees involuntarily held past their shift during certain holidays will increase from 1.5 times regular pay to twice their regular pay, Francis said.

The contract also lowers the years of service needed to reach the top of the pay scale from 27 years to 23 years, starting July 1.

The union has approximately 75 members and represents sworn city police officers below the rank of sergeant, Francis said.

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