WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL-CHRONICLE EXAMINER. By John F. Bailey. June 29, 2015:
In a settlement that Budget and Management Committee Chair Councilperson Beth Smayda said kept overall police salaries under 2%, the Common Council approved a 6 year police contract with the White Plains Police Benevolent Association Monday evening.
The contract as previously reported gives police retroactive raises of 2% and 2% and 2% for years 2012-13, 13-14, 14-15 in lump sums, and gives the police 2% in the new year starting July 1, and 2- 1/4% and 2- 1/2% in years 2016-17 and 2017-18, The overall increase in pay 12-3/4%, nor counting compounding.
The savings Corporation Counsel John Callahan told WPCNR was in lowering beginning officer salaries after July 1, 2015. Those new officers added after July 1 would also pay 15% of their health benefits going forward. Those officers retired now who were hired after July 1, 1995 also continue to receive their full retirement health benefits, which also add to the savings. Officers hired before 1995 are in federal court fighting the city decision to force them to pay 15% of their medical care benefits.
Other unions previously had take no raises in the three years previous, while the WPBA opted for arbitration.
WPCNR awaits a statement from the WPPBA. The settlement will affect the fire fighters immediately since they now fall behind the police in pay with this settlement.
More detailsas they become available.