FRAMINGHAM – The 11-member Framingham City Council approved a new Framingham Police Officers union contract tonight, October 29.
The contract is retroactive from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021.
The union overwhelmingly had ratified the new contract by a vote of 81-4.
The cost of the new 3-year contract is about $1 million.
The City Council also voted to fund the first year of the contract in a vote tonight.
The contract provides a 4 percent base-wage increase retroactive to July 1, 2019.
The contract applies a retoactive (July 1, 2018) cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of one percent.
The contract retroactively (July 1, 2018) changes the salary schedule to add steps at 15 and 20 years of service.
Other contract changes include:
- Paid Educational Incentives effective January 1, 2020 (to amend the current paid education incentives which had been unchanged since 2010)
- Associates Degree: 10% additional of base pay
- Bachelor’s Degree: 20% additional of base pay
- Master’s or Law Degree: 25% additional of base pay
- Paternity Leave (language added to match City policy and comply with state and federal law)
With this new contract, the Framingham Police Officers’ salaries are now comparable with other cities, helping the City to and retain personnel and addressing the salary disparity issue discussed in the Framingham Police Department Assessment report by J.Flagg Consulting that was completed in 2018.
As part of contract negotiations, the Union agreed to revamp the use of compensatory time, which will make more officers available to be on the streets of Framingham, reduce forced overtime and better enable the management of time off.
The Union also agreed to withdraw two grievances that were slated to head to arbitration this fall, saving many hours of legal and management time and arbitration costs.
“The willingness of City leadership to reach an agreement through negotiation, as opposed to arbitration, is not overlooked by our officers. This contract stands to ensure that the City of Framingham will continue to receive a high level of quality policing, while encouraging a more educated police force and providing greater opportunity for our officers to maintain a healthy work-life balance,” said Union President Ryan Porter, when the contract was ratified earlier this year.