Day: April 10, 2012

Police, city reach labor agreement

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Set annual raises for represented Keizer Police officers provide some certainty for future budget planning, city staff said this week. The Keizer City Council ratified a three-year contract this week between the city and the Keizer Police Association at its meeting Monday night. It includes annual cost of living increases of 2.5 percent over the past three years. Officers opted last year not to take COLAs in order to save an administrative position in the department. “We believe the agreement represents a great balance between careful management of resources and the need to ensure we are able to fairly provide wages and benefits, said Machell DePina, the city’s human resources director. Previously those increases were tied to the Consumer Price Index provided by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. DePina said the change to fixed raises adds certainty that wasn’t there before. “[It provides] more opportunity for financial planning without dealing with the unknown,” DePina said. Other facets of the new deal include: • A new lower step for new hires, allowing the ability to hire new officers at lesser pay. • An additional higher half-step for officers with 10 years of service and a satisfactory performance appraisal. • Concessions by officers on contract language and changes to operations, particularly training, that will cut overtime and comp time costs. In other business: • The...

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