The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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June 4, 2014

Council to get police contract for review

Proposal’s terms not yet public

SHARON — Sharon police and the city have a tentative agreement on a labor contract.

The 26 patrolmen and officers in the police union have accepted a proposal to replace the contract that expired Dec. 31, City Manager Scott Andrejchak said.

Members of Fraternal Order of Police Rose of Sharon Lodge 3 voted last week to approve the offer. Members of city council are expected to consider the proposal at Thursday’s monthly workshop, he said.

“We have an agreement on wages, insurance and pensions, but we have to put it in writing,” Andrejchak said. “It might take a couple of months to draft a contract and give both sides time to review it and change any language as necessary.”

Jeff Wiscott, president of the police union, did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment.

Andrejchak said he would spell out contract terms for the public at council’s workshop session. The two sides had started arbitration in December after reaching an impasse.

The city’s proposal at that time called for raises of 2è percent this year, followed by increases of 2 percent, 2èpercent and 2 percent.

Police, who pay 10 percent of the premium cost for health insurance, were being asked to pay an increase of 1è percent next year, followed by 1 percent, 1è percent and 1 percent.

That would make policemen’s share of health insurance premiums 15 percent in 2017.

Employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union are on track to pay 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. So are nonunion and management city employees.

The FOP wanted those costs capped for police at $80 per pay period.

The union wanted the city to pay health insurance costs for surviving spouses of police killed while on duty.

In addition to any negotiated wage increase, police wanted to reinstate longevity pay – a $100 payment for each year of service up to 20 years or $2,000 for employees hired from Jan. 1, 2008, onward.

That benefit was negotiated out of an earlier contract.

Raises and other provisions will be retroactive to Jan. 1 after council passes the ordinance to accept the contract, Andrejchak said.

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