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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."

Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Sam- the only thing around here that is flat is your head. Cut the childish tantrums for attention and try to follow the conversation.
Jack Mahoffer July 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
07928 - Big Tom has a mourning band as well when he breaks an high " A " string when tuning his pianos. He's a hero
Llama Tostito July 28, 2012 at 01:28 AM
A piano tuner?!?!?!?!?!?! Wait, wait, wait, he is a piano tuner??????? Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Oh man, no wonder this guy hates the police! He is a piano tuner? Pure jealousy, plain and simple.
Jack Mahoffer July 28, 2012 at 01:30 AM
What is your profession Tom ?? You are free to wheel & deal on everyone else ! I guess Sam hit a nerve ( I'm blown away you have a nerve ) .
The Lawrax July 28, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Tom, 07928 presented facts, not opinion, and you are just refusing to accept them. He showed you that your taxes are high because of our schools. We did not lose officers due to arbitration, we probably lost them to atrition, I know of two who have retired within the past couple years. Also, I believe in NJ, it is 25 years of service, not 20, so you are wrong in your assumption (we know what those do) there. No cops will be laid off, sorry to disappoint you. Your speaking out of turn, to use a term, and making yourself look foolish. Stop telling people to pipe down, everytime someone flirts with words like that to you, you threaten legal action, hypocrite. BTW, I looked up the average salary of a piano tuner, http://www.erieri.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=research.Piano-Tuner-salary-data-details&PositionId=2146&CityId=300 No wonder why you are jealous.
Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Because you're from Chatham you don't know that many times I've run political campaigns here in LV against the school board's outrageous budgets. My father is a NYC Detective retired and I have several close friends on the job in NY and in NJ. May God keep you safe and I pray that you never have to use that armband. I have no other issues with you or any of the cops.
Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Jack- that dimwitted remark a few threads ago really got under your skin?. It has been said that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,' but in your case, your insults and your copying me means your angry and intellectually bankrupt. get well!
Jack Mahoffer July 28, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Big Tom is all about policing political signs. He's a true difference maker - sure to make a retired NYC detective proud.
Jack Mahoffer July 28, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Hey - can you give me some hints on keeping my A flat more sharp ? Or are you too busy teaching everyone on the LV Patch how to run politics and policy. You clearly have spare time - why don't you run for local office ??? JUst imagine that - your dreams will be realized
Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
...Why are you so desperate for me to acknowledge you? Did you forget to take your meds? Did someone leave you home alone with the keys to liquor cabinet? I wonder what your spouses would say to you if they read your posts? I know it's hard for you because you become unhinged every time you see my name, but try and remember, you're not anonymous on the internet.....I hope you get well, I do.
Nick Manning July 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Hey Tom, the only thing more out tune then your customer's piano is your touch with reality. Police are not to blame for high taxes. You are presented with fact and yet you still continue to argue against it. The definition of an idiot is someone who continues to say and do the same thing repeatedly each time expecting a different result. You kind sir fit the bill. Police earn every penny they make, and they should not be begrudged for making a living. Last time I checked no police officer is striking it rich doing their job. Furthermore, you keep touting how Long Valley is such a low crime area. Ever think maybe its because the police are doing an exceptional job here! Lets give Tom a round of applause he really is a hero and saving lives everyday. How you ask...? Clearly because he put himself in a profession where responsibility and accountability mean nothing. Sing us a song piano man!
LV Taxpayer July 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Unneeded and overpaid police add to our already ridiculous tax burdon. Please don't get me wrong - I admire (most) cops and value what they do. IN MY OPINION, we employ too many in LV and their salaries -including benefits and pension - aren't commensurate with their job.
Sam Slobo July 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
How many police officers, in your estimation, do you feel WT needs ? Thrill me with your knowledge of how a police department operates LV Taxpayer. Please break it down for me since I do not understand manpower considerations regarding a 45 square mile town inhabited by 19,000 people. And patrol responsibilities for a hamlet called Califon that WT makes 250K a year to provide police services.
Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Nick Manning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Manning
Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Hey regressives, looks like the PBA union caved in for the fear of layoffs. LV cops pay increases decrease year over year into the future...more than makes up for the lawyers fees....plus they had to pay the state mandated 1.5 % t their health benefits..... "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".....
Sam Slobo July 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
An arbitrator made those decisions Tom. How would the Piano Tuner's Union handled a similar negotiation ??? Thats right - your a stay at home eclectic. There will be no layoffs. And if there are, then so be it. Takes a LONG time to respond to certain calls is my guess.
Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Nice to see you engaged in the conversation-Sam. However, there are no unions in the private sector.
Sam Slobo July 28, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Not familiar with the dynamics of a profession where a man tunes a piano. My bad - If there were a union I'm certain you would be the Jimmy Hoffa of the piano tuners
Thomas Lotito July 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Is that a death threat Sam?
LV Taxpayer July 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM
@SS: Better yet, could you send us all a link to the crime statistics for LV? Please include officers' salary information for towns of similar size (both population and square mileage) that have similar crime rates. Then we can all discuss the topic like grown-ups instead of using snipes and sarcasm.
The Lawrax July 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
There are no unions in the privatere sector? You truly are not a smart man. Unions started in the private sector! All the major auto manufacturers are still union staffed. There are unions everywhere in the private world. You are making a fool of yourself. Educate yourself before you make a point, do a quick google search, it takes minimal effort, I know you know how to do it, since you are constantly searching the urbandictionary. And there he goes with the legal threats again!
Paul Winchell July 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The 1.5% is a state law that was enacted by Christie and had nothing to do with our local PD, or any other. And as a poster stated previously, that works out to a 2% rasie every year, sounds pretty good to me. Look, I know you want to seem right, and maybe in your mind you are, but you're not. And you are trying to twist facts to make yourself look right, but the facts are the facts, you are coming off really bad here. Now, I am a real estate novelist, and I never had time for a wife, but I'm talking with Davey, who's still in the Navy, and probably will be for life! Sing us a song, you're the piano man!
07928 July 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Unneeded until you call 9-1-1. LV Taxpayer -- are you willing to be honest and tell us your profession and how much money you make so that we, IN OUR OPINION, can judge your job? As a police officer, I am charged with the responsibility of knowing criminal law, motor vehicle law, and local ordinances. I also am a counselor to teens who are in trouble, a mental health professional, a crisis negotiator, a psychologist. I am a professional driver needing to get to emergency calls safely. I am a detective, an evidence collector. I am a grief counselor. I am a first-aider. I make death notifications. I'm an animal control officer. I also generate revenue for the town by enforcing the law. If you truly "admire (most) cops and value what they do," then you will recognize, based on what we do on a daily basis, that our salaries and benefits are a bargain to you, as a taxpayer.
Hookerman July 28, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Officer 07928, your tax dollars are not paying LV Taxpayer’s salary, so therefore, it is none of your business how much he makes. We tax payers ARE paying your salary (if you’re a cop in our town), and therefore, it is very much our business how much you make. In most professions, ranges are based on market value (ie; comparisons to similar jobs across the industry). Therefore, it is very reasonable for us to compare the police salaries in our town with those of neighboring towns. Detailing everything an officer does is pointless, since those duties don’t vary that much from town to town.
Paul Winchell July 29, 2012 at 02:45 AM
@ Hookerman, what if 07928 is a resident of LV, he pays all the same municipal taxes as you do, therefore, he contributes the same minute amount to an officers salary as you do. He thinks the raise is well deserved, you don't, thats a push. Hell, I think it is deserved, and since I live in town, thats two to one, you are in the minority in this small example. Your arrogance is palpable with the, "We pay your salary," argument. Do you throw that in the face of every Verizon worker you see or speak with (or whichever phone provider you use) as your fees pay their salary as well? How about anyone that works down at the municipal building, you pay their salary as well. You are right, we as tax payers deserve to know what our local officials are making, and due to OPRA laws, etc... we do. BTW, still no problem with what the town CFO is making? Is that because CFO's don't arrest people, enforce laws, and so on.
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).
Hookerman 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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