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Louisville Metro Government, Former County FOP Tentatively Agree to One-Year Transition Contract

Tuesday July 1, 2003

Mayor Jerry Abramson's administration and the Jefferson County Fraternal Order of Police have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year transition contract that creates parity in salary and benefits for all metro police officers.

The proposed deal reached Saturday afternoon puts former county police officers, whose contract expired at midnight yesterday, on the same contract cycle with the former city officers, whose contract expires June 30, 2004. This will allow Louisville Metro Government to negotiate a single, long-term contract with all 1,200 metro police officers next year.

The former Board of Aldermen committed the new government to pay former city police officers the same salary and benefits as former county police officers effective July 1, 2003. So while the tentative contract is with former county police officers, the terms affect all metro police officers.

The agreement, which must be ratified by former county police union members, increases all levels of the former county police officers' pay scale by $1,000 to meet the parity mandated by the former Board of Aldermen without cutting the salaries of any metro police officer.

The former Board of Aldermen's approach would have required salary cuts for 300 former city police officers who currently make more than their former county police counterparts.

"We felt it was unfair to cut the salaries of some police officers in the name of parity for all," Abramson said.

More than 400 former city officers will get salary increases to reach parity - increases that will range from 5 to 9 percent. The 300 former city officers who were paid more than their former county police counterparts will remain at their current salary levels.
 
The ordinance passed by the former Board of Aldermen also extended free health insurance coverage to all former city police officers, their spouses and children. Former county police officers and their families currently get free health insurance.

The cost of the former Board of Aldermen's action for the coming year is $2.3 million - $1.5 million in salary increases for former city police officers and at least $800,000 to provide free health insurance for every former city police officer, their spouses and their children. These costs were included in the FY 2004 budget passed last week.

The cost of increasing the police pay scales by $1,000 is about $500,000. This money was not specifically included in the budget and will have to come from managing the $113 million metro police budget, Abramson said.

A central issue during next year's negotiations, Abramson said, is whether taxpayers can continue to shoulder the entire cost of health insurance for all 1,200 police officers and their families.

About 95 percent of employees nationwide pay at least some of the cost of their health insurance, according to national surveys. Except for police officers, all other Louisville Metro Government employees contribute to their health insurance premiums.

The tentative agreement also equalizes a host of "non-economic conditions," such as procedures for random drug testing, disciplinary actions and probationary periods for sworn officers. 

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Key points on police contract and former Board of Aldermen mandates

Creates parity in salary and benefits for all metro police officers
 
Puts the former city and county police officers on the same contract cycle so Louisville Metro Government can negotiate a single contract for all metro police officers when both contracts expire June 30, 2004.

Provides a pay equity adjustment of $1,000 in the pay scales of former county police to meet Board of Aldermen's parity mandate without cutting any officer's salary.
 
The former Board of Aldermen's mandate would actually have cut the salaries of 300 former city police officers because some categories of former city officers are paid more than their former county police counterparts.

Provides free health insurance for all police officers, their spouses and children as mandated by former Board of Aldermen.

The cost of the former Board of Aldermen's parity mandates is about $2.3 million - $1.5 million in salary increases and $800,000 for free health insurance for former city police officers.

The cost of increasing the county police pay scales by $1,000 is about $500,000.

· The tentative agreement also equalizes a host of "non-economic conditions," such as procedures for random drug testing, disciplinary actions and probationary periods for sworn officers. What police officers get

· 25% Former city police officers (about 300) - No raise - Free health insurance

· 33% Former city police officers (about 400) - 5 to 9% raise - Free health insurance

· 42% Former county police officers (about 500) - $1,000 raise (1 to 3%) Keep free health insurance 

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