By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
After City Manager John Hanifan, on June 18 during a city council meeting, reported the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) and the city had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, the city voted the agreement into effect last week.
With negotiations ongoing since April, this new agreement is for a three-year term from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.
A summary of changes includes a 15 cent per hour shift premium for hours worked between 7pm and 7am, a 2.5% wage increase in 2018, a 2% wage increase in 2019, and a 3% wage increase in 2020. In addition to the current medical plan the city offers, they will also offer a high deductible health savings arrangement option for healthcare.
“Our employees in POAM are to be commended for their willingness to make the negotiation process a smooth and fair one for both sides,” said Hanifan in a released statement. “POAM has already met and voted to ratify the agreement.”