Bor­ough, po­lice union ap­prove 3-year con­tract

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

Phoenixville po­lice of­fi­cers will see a 3.5 per­cent an­nual raise in salary for the next three years.

Bor­ough po­lice of­fi­cers will see a 3.5 per­cent an­nual raise in salary for the next three years fol­low­ing the ap­proval of a new con­tract.

Bor­ough coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment with the Phoenixville Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion Tues­day night. The la­bor agree­ment runs from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019.

Both sides of the bar­gain­ing table agreed the ne­go­ti­a­tions ran smoothly and ev­ery­one came away happy.

“It was re­ally great,” said Coun­cil­man Jeremy Dal­ton. “The de­part­ment was re­ally great and ev­ery­one was re­ally pos­i­tive.”

“We sat down and had hon­est and earnest con­ver­sa­tions each time and moved the ball for­ward,” said Coun­cil­man Jonathan Ewald. “I think we came out with a good agree­ment for both sides.”

De­tec­tive Nick Natale, pres­i­dent of the po­lice as­so­ci­a­tion, said ne­go­ti­at­ing with the bor­ough went re­ally well.

“It was a very open line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion back and forth,” he said. “There was a lot of talk and agree­ment. I didn’t think at any time that there was go­ing to be any is­sues.”

Ac­cord­ing to the terms of the con­tract, the an­nual base salary for a pa­trol­man, cor­po­ral or sergeant will in­crease by 3.5 per­cent an­nu­ally. That means a pa­trol­man, for ex­am­ple, earn­ing ap­prox­i­mately $83,000 a year in 2017 will earn nearly $89,000 by 2019. Like­wise a sergeant earn­ing ap­prox­i­mately $92,000 in 2017 will earn ap­prox­i­mately $99,000 two years later.

In ad­di­tion, the con­tract states that the an­nual salary for of­fi­cers com­plet­ing five, 10, 15 and 20 years of ser­vice shall be paid 2 per­cent, 3 per­cent, 4 per­cent or 4.5 per­cent of their base wages, re­spec­tively.

The con­tract also states that each of­fi­cer will re­ceive 144 hours of sick time per year, 13 paid hol­i­days and 36 hours of per­sonal leave for the year, but no one is al­lowed to re­quest a per­sonal day dur­ing the fol­low­ing nights: the night of St. Pa­trick’s Day, night be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, the night of July 4th, the night of the Phoenixville Fire­bird Fes­ti­val, the night of New Year’s Eve or the night of the Dog­wood Pa­rade.

Va­ca­tion days are de­pen­dent upon years com­pleted with the de­part­ment. Of­fi­cers with one to five years com­pleted will re­ceive 80 hours of va­ca­tion time. Those with six to 10 years re­ceive 120 hours. Of­fi­cers with 11-15 years re­ceive 160 hours and those with more than 16 years ex­pe­ri­ence re­ceive 200 hours, ac­cord­ing the con­tract.

For the full de­tails of the con­tract visit: https:// www.doc­u­ment­ doc­u­ments/3213184-Po­liceCBA. html

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