Thursday, September 5, 2019

Police Contract... will the winers stop whining now?

 Just over a million dollars for three years. I wonder if the overtime will go up or down this year?

FRAMINGHAM – The City and the Framingham Police Officers Union (FPOU) announced that the Union overwhelmingly ratified a new contract (voting 81 to 4), which in part is retroactive from July 1, 2018, and is effective through June 30, 2021. The FPOU has not worked under an active contract since June of 2015, and this would be the first negotiated contract between the City and the Police Officers Union since Fiscal Year 2016. The cost of the new contract over the three-year term is just over one million dollars and includes:

  • Effective and retroactive to July 1, 2018, cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of one percent and change to the salary schedule to add steps at 15 and 20 years of service 
  • Four percent base-wage increase (retroactive to July 1, 2019) 
  • One percent COLA effective July 1, 2020 
  • Paid Educational Incentives effective January 1, 2020 (to amend the current paid education incentives which had been unchanged since 2010) 
  • Associates Degree: 10% additional of base pay 
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 20% additional of base pay 
  • Master’s or Law Degree: 25% additional of base pay
  • Paternity Leave (language added to match City policy and comply with state and federal law)
The increases bring the police officers’ salaries up to be comparable with surrounding communities and other similar cities, helping the City attract and retain personnel and addressing the salary disparity issue discussed in the Framingham Police Department Assessment report by J.Flagg Consulting that was completed in 2018.

In exchange, the Union agreed to revamp the use of compensatory time, which will make more officers available to be on the streets of Framingham, reduce forced overtime and better enable the management of time off. In addition, the Union agreed to withdraw two grievances that were slated to head to arbitration this fall, saving many hours of legal and management time and arbitration costs.

“This contract truly has been a collaboration,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer. “It provides fair compensation to the Framingham police officers who protect our residents and City day in and day out while giving our leadership team more flexibility in staffing patrol shifts.”

“This contract, which was ratified with overwhelming support, is the result of intense—but collaborative—collective bargaining,” FPOU President Ryan Porter said. “The willingness of City leadership to reach an agreement through negotiation, as opposed to arbitration, is not overlooked by our officers. This contract stands to ensure that the City of Framingham will continue to receive a high level of quality policing, while encouraging a more educated police force and providing greater opportunity for our officers to maintain a healthy work-life balance.”

Pursuant to the process outlined under Massachusetts law, the contract now must be submitted by the Mayor to the City Council for approval of the funding needed. Assuming prompt action by the Finance Subcommittee, it is anticipated that the City Council will vote on whether to approve the funding at its October 1, 2019 meeting.


At September 6, 2019 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the overtime issue even discussed during these contract negotiations, and if not, why not?

At September 6, 2019 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has that Flagg report seen the light of day yet? I would sure like to read that thing

At September 6, 2019 at 8:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

it sounds like it was a deal that both sides see as good, so why the complaints?

At September 6, 2019 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it expected that the city council will approve this, or will there be some discussion on this and an opportunity for public comment or does this negotiation process not allow public comment?

At September 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

it's good that they didn't have to go to arbitration. The cure-all is the increase in base pay, everyone is happy. This will stop people from leaving, or will it?
I think the council, as they have done with other contracts, just rubber stamp it. Only G King has dared to question FPD, the others are affarid.
I wonder if the new contract will have any effect on reducing OT but we won't know until next year. Two grievances are dropped but I still haven't heard how many cops are still suing the city. This time next year will show if OT signs of decreasing with the new contract.

At September 6, 2019 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this new contract address the supposed short staffing the chief says exists? Doesn't he say that he is down 20 something officers?

At September 6, 2019 at 2:35 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

He told the Council he was down 22 officers, many hurt, two were deployed overseas but nothing written about the short staffing issue in the contract that I've heard of. Wasn't it just months ago the rank and file voted no confidence in the Chief? Was it all about the lack of a contract?

At September 6, 2019 at 4:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you ask a valid question Jim. Was all the issues we heard about just a way to paint a bad picture and insure they got a decent contract? If the staffing issue was such a concern why was it not address in the contract? And are the raise amounts included in this contract covered by the budget just approved, or does this require an increase to the budget and where does that money come from if it does?

At September 9, 2019 at 10:56 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I'll ask about the budget.

At September 10, 2019 at 10:29 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

G King wrote that there;s some money in the budget for this new contract, but not all and no word from the Mayor on how or where the money will come from. The Mayor will have to juggle something to pay for this.


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