“We got another Holiday added which is always nice because that does go toward our FAC (final average compensation). Basically it was a real simple contract to negotiate,” said Lt. Dennis Deweese, Woodhaven Command Local Union President. “It was a couple meetings and we were done and both sides appeared to be happy with it. The last two contracts we fought kind of hard for, so for this one to go as easy as it did was nice.” Lt. Deweese lauded the tuition reimbursement and Detective Bureau On-Call pay increases. “Typically, three credits is $2,500. Under the old contract, one semester would eat up the entire $2,000. Now you could go all three semesters and get four credits (per semester). It’s probably three to four times more. To us, it just signifies the City wants to further the City Employees future educations. It’s a win-win for both sides. It’s a considerable difference in value to the On-Call pay. With getting 7 hours per month On-Call, you’re looking at 84 hours of Comp Time (per year), which you then in turn sell out and get that pay. The value of that would be at least double because we are able to buy out 60 hours of Comp Time twice a year. MAP was very prepared, understood our needs and wants, and we really didn’t have to fight for anything, but they were prepared to do so if we needed to. Their preparedness made things easy.”

Contract Duration: 3-year agreement ratified May 12, 2021 and effective 7-1-21 to 6-30-24.

Wage Increases:
3% increase effective July 1, 2021.
2% increase effective July 1, 2022.
2% increase effective July 1, 2023.

  • $500 signing bonus to each member upon ratification.
  • Increased Lieutenant and Sergeant Detective Bureau positions pay by an additional $1,000 annually each year of contract.

Fringe Benefits:

  • Added Martin Luther King, Jr. as a paid Holiday.
  • Increased tuition reimbursement from $2,000 per year to 4 credit hours per semester towards a master’s degree, with Employees able to attend all 3 semesters. This is equivalent to approximately 3 to 4 times the former reimbursement depending on where classes are taken.
  • Increased Detective Bureau On-Call pay from $125 per month to 7 hours of Compensatory Time per month, which would be at least double the previous payment since Employees would be able to buy out the 84 hours of Comp Time they receive annually.
  • Extended the residency requirement from living 20 miles outside of the City to living 30 miles outside of the City.

Contract Language:

  • Incorporated a previous Letter of Understanding that Time in Rank is the first consideration for Seniority in matters including shift bids, vacation selection, promotions, demotions, etc.
  • Equalizing pay for any members who are on Military Leave. Previously, the City required the Employee to turn over their military pay and receive their pay from the City. However, if the Employee is in a military command position, they could be earning less money than their military pay. Now Employees on Military Leave receive whichever pay is greater.
  • Removed language regarding several 8-hour shifts that are no longer worked to reflect the hours actually worked since the change to 12-hour shifts. The only exception is Day Shift, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., which was kept for the Detective Bureau.
  • Changes to several incentive payout dates to make it easier for the City.

Bargaining Team: MAP Labor Relations Specialists Jim Steffes and Gary McSweeney, Local Union President Lt. Dennis Deweese, Local Sgt. At Arms Lt. Jason Campbell, Local Secretary Sgt. Jon Sivi and Local Vice President David Toler.