Police Officers’ guild agrees to three-year contract

Mar 03, 2018

The city council approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Mill Creek Police Officers’ Guild at its meeting on Tuesday night, Feb. 27. The agreement was backdated to cover Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have negotiated this new contract so quickly,” City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto said following the meeting. “Both sides agreed to put reasonable offers on the table from the get-go and worked collaboratively to achieve consensus.”

The new contract provides all commissioned officers with a three-percent increase in each year of the agreement. The 2018 increase was already accounted for in the city’s 2017-2018 biennium budget and does not require a budget amendment. The agreement also includes a $1,000 signing bonus, which is offset by the reduction in legal fees by avoiding prolonged negotiations.

“The city was a pleasure to work with,” said Corporal Jesse Mack,  Guild president. “The Guild appreciates the city’s fairness and open-mindedness throughout the negotiations process.”

The updated agreement includes nominal language changes for clarification, as well as structural additions that didn’t previously exist.

“We are all pleased to come to this agreement,” Chief Greg Elwin said. “By concluding contract negotiations in a timely manner, we are now positioned to move forward with new and innovative measures for the growth and development of the department.”

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