Settlement Agreement with Uniformed Patrolmen’s Association

By on December 27, 2018

The Town of Greece announced that a settlement agreement has been reached for a new collective bargaining agreement with the Uniformed Patrolmen’s Association, UPA is the union representing the Town’s police officers. The new agreement will be effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023. The labor contract was settled with police officers before the current contract expires on December 31, 2018. After negotiations between The Town of Greece and the police officer’s union an agreement was reached in a matter of only a few weeks.

“The impact on taxes is a critical consideration in everything we do, including negotiating labor contracts. The agreement has been presented to the full union membership and has received a supportive vote of the Town’s police officers. The agreement was approved by the full Town Board at its meeting on November 14th, 2018,” Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said.

The labor agreement provides for wage increases for employees that are well below the tax cap ceiling and also creates tremendous flexibility for the Town administration to put in place innovative health care solutions utilized more in the private sector than in the public sector. Specifically, the police officers’ union has agreed to convert all officers from costly co-pay health insurance plans into more economical and contemporary High Deductible Health Plans. This labor agreement also provides for the Town administration to implement other management rights that had been succeeded to the union in the past.

This deal saves the taxpayers of the Town of Greece $85,000 to $142,000 per year, more than a million dollars over the contract term, when the wage packages in this settlement are compared to typical area public sector settlements of 3% to 4% increases.

Specific terms of the agreement include:

·1.5% wage increase for 2019, 2020, and 2021, and 1.75% wage increases for 2022 and 2023, keeping wage increases below 2% in each year of the agreement.

·Completely eliminating the high-cost co-pay plans.

·Converting all officers into high deductible health plans which cost the Town hundreds of dollars less per month per officer.

Additionally, as part of this settlement, the Town negotiated flexibility for the Police Department in a few key areas: flexibility to provide more training to new and experienced police officers without incurring overtime expenses and flexibility to fill vacancies based on performance and qualifications rather than by seniority, which was the typical practice under prior administrations.

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