Wednesday July 10, 2013
Agreement fair to both sides, will help Metro
with structural deficit, Mayor says
Louisville Metro Government and the city’s police and fire unions have reached a new collective bargaining agreement that provides raises to employees while at the same time helping the city better align future revenues with future expenses.
The contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters were recently ratified by wide margins by membership of both unions. They will be presented by Chief Financial Officer Steve Rowland to Metro Council next week for consideration.
“I applaud both sides for taking a fair and affordable approach to these contracts,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Our employees are among the best in class and we are on a constant journey of improvement. These new contracts take a big step toward matching revenue growth with personnel costs.”
The most significant change involves the FOP contract and the health plan for police officers. It creates a two-tiered system in which current employees remain in their specialized plan while new employees move to the standard health insurance plans offered to other city employees.
“This is a significant change that helps the city address its structural budget deficit over time,” Rowland said.
Both contracts contain the new overtime language, as do all other union agreements reached within the last 18 months, which stipulates employees must work 40 hours before getting overtime pay. Both contracts are long-term, extending through June 30, 2018.
In addition, the Fire contract was settled prior to the current expiration date, a first in many years, said O’Dell Henderson, the city’s chief labor negotiator.
The FOP contract covers about 1,170 employees and includes a 1 percent pay raise in fiscal year 13 and 2 percent raises in years 2014-18. IAFF covers about 460 and includes a $1,000 stipend for completion of an accreditation in the current fiscal year and 2 percent raises in years 2015-18.