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All 3 DPD unions approve officer raises and new benefits

Contracts approved in a landslide

 

Raises to take effect January 1, pending approval from City Council and FRC

 

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By a wide margin, the three unions representing DPD’s 2,224 sworn officers have voted to ratify their amended collective bargaining agreements, Mayor Mike Duggan, Chief James Craig and union representatives announced today.

 

The contracts include the following enhancements:

  1. A 4% across the board pay increase for all officers effective January 1, 2016.
  2. An increase in pay for starting officers from $31,700 to $36,000 effective January 1, 2016.
  3. An additional year extension on the contract to June 30, 2020, with an additional 3% base pay increase on July 1, 2019.
  4. A major increase in commitment to professional development and education:
  5. $2,000 per year in tuition reimbursement
  6. A 2% increase in base pay for any DPOA member with 2 years of college
  7. A 2% increase in base pay for any Lieutenant or Sergeant with 4 years of college.

 

“Today, our city took a first step toward making sure Detroit’s sworn police officers are fairly compensated for the work they do,” said Mayor Duggan.

 

The results of the vote were overwhelmingly in favor of the changes:

  • DPOA:                  632 yes; 283 no
  • LSA:                      406 yes; 56 no
  • DPCOA:                30 yes; 0 no

 

“This ratification is truly historic for this department,” said Chief James Craig.  “It will significantly improve DPD’s ability to attract and retain quality officers and officer candidates and continue the city’s trend toward improved public safety.”

This success was the result of a true partnership between the Mayor, Chief of Police and our three police unions on behalf of the brave men and women of the Detroit Police Department.   It also would not have been possible without Judge Steven Rhodes, who allowed the Mayor to contest the fees being charged by the city’s bankruptcy consultants, and Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, who mediated a $30 million reduction in those fees.

The contracts will be submitted immediately to City Council for approval.  If approved by Council on December 17th, the contracts will be submitted to the Financial Review Commission for its approval on December 21st.  Our hope is to have all approvals in place so officers will begin seeing their raises and additional benefits beginning the first of the year.

The leadership of DPD’s three unions expressed their gratitude for the Mayor’s willingness to reopen the three contracts, which would not have expired until 2019, to provide this additional compensation.

“The Mayor could have chosen to invest this money anywhere in city government, but he chose to invest in the men and women of DPD,” said DPCOA President Charles Mahone.  “It shows he understands the needs of his public safety employees.”

“I appreciate the fact that the Mayor recognized the need for proper pay for public safety,” said DPOA President Mark Diaz.  “While this is not the final solution, it definitely is a step in the right direction.”

DPLSA President Mark Young said he sees the new contracts as a way to keep officers with the department for the long term.

“I am excited about this first step and having been able to work with Mayor Duggan on this important issue,” said Young. “We want our members to see DPD as a career, not just a job.  The education incentives will go a long way toward making that happen.”

Mayor Duggan added that he intends to address the issue of fair compensation for all of the city’s first responders.

“Shortly after the first of the year, we are going to be revisiting this issue so we can take steps toward fair pay and benefits for our firefighters and EMTs,” the Mayor said.  “Like our police officers, they have earned it.  As the city continues its recovery, we will continue to revisit the issue of pay for our first responders and work with our union partners to negotiate increases as the city has the ability to pay for them.”

All 3 DPD unions approve officer raises and new benefits was originally published on wchbnewsdetroit.com

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