Springfield ratifies new 5-year deal for police with pay hikes
SPRINGFIELD >> It wasn’t quick, but the township and police reached a five-year contract agreement with retroactive terms, and all officers are getting a pay hike.
Negotiations were ongoing for nearly a year before coming to commissioners at the October meeting, said township Manger Lee Fulton. The formal memorandum of understanding is between the township and Fraternal Order of Police Delaware County Lodge 27 on behalf of the local department.
Terms of the agreement commenced Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 21, 2022. Wages in the first year increase 3 percent. For each of the four successive years, the increase is 2.5 percent. According to township information, the base salary for a first year officer would be $60,683, which his 70 percent of full wages. After the third year, the salary becomes 100 percent at $86,691. Actual salaries include a variety of differential depending on specific service.
The agreement also calls for a 95 percent funding of each officer’s Health Savings Account annual deductible applicable to the plan in which the officer participates during the year. The final portion of the memorandum of agreement spells out a light-duty policy including the medical-release process, and an 11-point description of temporary light-duty assignments (designed to be “temporary in nature and should not exceed six months”).
In connection with this contract, commissioners approved the second reading of an ordinance which adopts the Act 44 retirement plan known as DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program). This program is a tool for both individuals and the municipal body to plan several years in advance for retirement, based on a slate of eligibility standards. The full six-page ordinance is available through the township office.
The township police force currently employs 32 full-time officers. The police chief is employed under a separate contract.
Preceding agenda actions, commissioners recognized the St. Francis Varsity Baseball Team, the first from the school to become the 2018 Archdiocese of Philadelphia champions. Members of the team and coaches were on hand to receive certification and congratulations from the board.