A new contract agreement between the village of Fredonia and the Fredonia Police Benevolent Association was approved during Monday's village board meeting and details have emerged regarding its terms.
The OBSERVER called Village Administrator Richard St. George, who explained the major points of the new contract. The contract goes into effect on Tuesday and will expire on May 31, 2016.
Full-time police officers will not be seeing a pay increase for the first quarter of the current fiscal year 2013-2014 (June 1 through Sept. 30), but they will receive a 1.75 percent increase for the remaining three quarters. A 2 percent increase will occur for the fiscal year 2014-2015 and another 2 percent will be seen in 2015-2016.
The contract had expired in May 2012 and negotiations had been ongoing since then.
"I believe the contract negotiation was fair and agreeable to both sides," Mayor Stephen Keefe said. "The negotiations went on for quite a bit and of course there was a bit of give and take, but the end result looks fair and equitable."
Officers enrolling in a health insurance plan through the village will see a 7 percent deduction from their gross pay this year. That number will increase to 9 percent next year and 10 percent the final year of the agreement. Officers hired after Tuesday will pay 15 percent of their gross salary into the system if they so choose.
In addition, there will be a one-time bump of $1,000 in longevity pay for officers once the contract goes into effect. Another $200 in longevity will be seen in the final year.
Police officers did not see a pay increase for the fiscal year 2012-2013 during the time of the negotiations.
The president of the Fredonia PBA declined to comment on the contract to the OBSERVER.
The Fredonia PBA serves 13 full-time police officers. Part-time officers are not included in the contract agreement.
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