Police, Twp. Settle 4-Year Contract Drought

Arbitrator finalizes agreement, retroactive to 2009.

After nearly two years of sitting on an arbitrator’s desk, a contract has finally been settled between and the , ending a four-year contract drought.

Retroactive to July 1, 2009, when the last contracted ended, new salary guides and raises have been implemented in the settlement, along with other negotiations both sides came to terms on.

The five-year contract shows pay increases of 2.5-percent in 2009, from effective July 1 of that year; 2.25-percent in 2010, effective July 1 of that year; 2-percent in 2011; 1.75-percent in 2012; and a 1.5-percent raise in 2013. All increases will be compounded year over year.

“There were some parts we were happy with, and others we weren’t,” Washington Township Mayor Ken Short said. “But I’m very happy that it’s been settled.”

The contract, which ends Dec. 31, 2013, impacts non-administrative personnel. Lieutenants and the Chief of Police are not included in the settlement unless that person was a non-administrator or retiree prior to the settlement.

In addition to the yearly pay raises, police personnel receive the following:

  • Pay increase of $1,500 after the completion of 11 years of service.
  • Pay increase of $2,000 after the completion of 16 years of service.
  • Pay increase of $2,500 after the completion of 21 years of service.
  • Outside employment rates will increase $3 per hour to $58.
  • Health insurance contributions will be in line with state legislation requiring police personnel to pay 1.5-percent of their salary to the medical plan.

The previous contract allowed for a $1,000 salary increase for officers completing more than five years of service, Short said. That was eliminated.

Township Chief Financial Officer Kevin Lifer will have to come up with the total cost needed to pay the personnel retroactively in one lump sum.

Since contract negotiations began four years ago, the Washington Township Committee has been setting aside money expecting to some day settle and have to award retroactive pay, Short said.

“We’ve been banking the money for those years,” Short said. “We may be a little shy in some years, but it won’t affect us that much in the 2013 budget. My fear was that we wouldn’t have enough funds and be forced to remove officers. Fortunately we won’t have to do anything like that.”

While the ongoing stalemate is now behind the two sides, township and PBA officials will be back at the table in 2013, looking to put a new contract in place beginning Jan. 1 2014.

“It’s a great group of guys up there,” Short said of the police department. “Both sides have been trying to do what’s best for them, and I’m glad it’s finally settled."

Paul Winchell July 29, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Go ahead and compare the salaries of our PD with the surrounding towns in Morris County, see what you come up with, but stop with the stale old, we pay their salary argument, its very very old. What is refreshing, however, is to see someone who is such a fan of the "ladies of the night," that he fashions his LV Patch user name after them, nice work sir. And you and LV Taxpayer are right, you don't have to tell anyone on here what your professions are, you don't have too, but you could choose too. We all know, however, that you both will not. For what your jobs have in power, salary, and perhaps employees underneath, they lack in honor and service, and that is the rub. In the private sector you can be quite successful, and you will, most likely, make more money then a police officer, firefighter, etc... ever will (piano tuners excluded).
Chuck Ruff July 29, 2012 at 05:32 AM
The fact that I'm concerned with police salaries does NOT mean that's the only municipal salary I'm concerned with. It just so happens that in this thread, we were discussing police salaries. And, speaking of inconsistent POV's, if we were speaking about the CFO's salary, you and others would not be jumping down my throat for having the audacity to bring it up. And BTW, my moniker has nothing to do with prostitution. Read on... http://www.hauntedusa.org/hookerman.htm
Jerry Gordon July 29, 2012 at 03:03 PM
All public employees salaries are public knowledge, whether you like it or not. Police salaries in Washington Two. amounts to rape of the taxpayer. If you don't like it go work in the private sector. Enjoy your doughnuts....
The Lawrax July 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
What a misguided comment. If police salaries are indeed rape of the tax payer, once again, the police pay all the same taxes you do, so in essence they would be raping themselves, but I digress. If police salaries are indeed inflated, or rape as you put it, then why would any police officer leave?? Why would anyone leave a job, whether public or private, if they are making a good salary? No one thinks they deserve less money in any job. Feel like proving me wrong, go tell your boss you want to work for less money. Most police officers love their work. If you are working in the private sector and are unhappy about it, become a public employee, move to a different place/state, or leave the country. I don't think anyone, public or private, has a problem with public employee salaries being public knowledge, for the life of me, I cannot understand where that debate is coming from. The argument above is not whether they should be known to the public, but rather, what they are. Oh man a doughnut joke! Did you come up with that yourself?!?!?! Wow Jerry Gordon, not only are your posts sucky, but your are original as well, nice work sir.
mastertech August 07, 2012 at 11:10 AM
What are the residency requirements of L cops? Are they required to live in the town to be an officer? If not, then they are not investing their salaries into our town. Other towns in NJ have residency requirements...the rape of the taxpayer continues!


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