Pottstown, Police Officers Sign 3-Year Labor Deal

POTTSTOWN PA – The borough and its police officers agreed Monday (Feb. 13, 2017) on a three-year labor contract that provides the rank-and-file with raises totaling 10.25 percent during its life. The agreement, retroactive to Jan. 1, offers a 3.25-percent raise annually from 2017 through 2020. The police union approved the contract earlier in the day, and it was ratified during Monday night’s Borough Council meeting, The (Pottstown PA) Mercury reported.

Staff writer Even Brandt cited Borough Manager Mark Flanders as saying the borough had budgeted for a 3-percent raise in 2017, so the settlement of an additional quarter-point will mean an added payroll cost of $8,000. The amount “can be absorbed by waiting to fill some positions,” according to the article.

In addition to salaries, Brandt wrote, other major changes come in the form of health insurance. Currently, police officers choose from two plans; under the new contract, they will choose from three with varying deductibles and co-pays.

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