RESULTS OF VOTE ANNOUNCED, NEW HAVEN POLICE UNION AGREES TO NEW CONTRACT
(9/30/2009) NEW HAVEN- After membership of Local 530 (New Haven Police) voted today, the union has agreed to a new contract with the City of New Haven For Fiscal Year 2008-2009 through 2010-2011. Both parties agreed to a list of changes in the areas of: wages, healthcare, pension and longevity. The last Police union contract with the City expired in June of 2008.
“We are pleased to announce that New Haven Police Officers have voted in favor of this new agreement,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This new contract recognizes the importance of delivering high quality police services to our residents while responding to the needs of our officers as employees. It isn’t easy to achieve an agreement in such a difficult economy but we’re comfortable with what we were able to accomplish by working together.”
This agreement provides for no wage increase in the first year of the contract (which is the 2008-2009 fiscal year), a 3 percent increase in FY 2009-2010 (retroactive to 7/1/09) and a 3 percent increase in FY 2010-2011.
Officers hired after October 1, 2009 will be entitled only to healthcare benefits under a revamped healthcare plan design that results in an additional cost savings to the City. Under the new plan, officers will receive the benefit of a nationwide network of healthcare providers but will be subject to co-insurance and an increased out of pocket deductable.
Additionally, all employees will now be required to provide 20 years of actual service before becoming eligible for retiree healthcare and sick leave buyback benefits. Further, new hires will be subject to a new hybrid pension plan. Under this plan, retiree’s defined benefits will be limited to an officer’s base pay and will not include over time or extra duty earnings. Instead, an officer’s overtime and extra duty contributions will be deposited into a defined contribution plan. The new contract agreement also moves the Department’s maximum retirement age from 65 to 67. The parties have also agreed to the insertion of a “Bad Boy Clause.” Under the clause, officers who engage in certain acts of on the job misconduct may be subject to the divestment of pension benefits.
Another savings is reflected by the 50 percent reduction in employee’s longevity payments as well as a reduction to the employee’s clothing allowance.
With this agreement, the work performed by sworn personnel in the police and fire communications center can now be performed by civilians.