She said the current fire contract expires on Dec. 31, 2020 and the approximate cost of $35,000 for the raises has already been included in the 2020 general fund budget.
After 14 months of negotiations, fact-finding and conciliation, Middletown and its bargaining units for police patrol officers and sergeants/lieutenants have a new two-year contract.
Police contracts are usually three years in length, but the city declined to sign off on retroactive back pay from the end of the last contract on Oct. 31, 2018. Officer Dennis Jordan, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36, said that is “a sore subject with the (union) membership” and cost officers about $4,000 and $5,000 each in lost wages.
In the new contract that a State Employee Relations Board conciliator awarded, the 53 patrol officers and 10 sergeants in the bargaining units will receive a 3 percent raise on Jan. 1 and July 1 in 2020 and another 3 percent raise on Jan. 1, 2021. Middletown police adjusted its organization structure but does not use the lieutenant rank.
In September, City Council approved a three-year pact with its 48 public works employees represented by AFSCME Local 856 which amounts to a 2.5 percent wage increase for each year of the contract and bonus payments for the first two years of the contract.