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Centralia City Council Approves Contract with Fraternal Order of Police

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Centralia City Council has approved a new four year contract with their patrolmen who are members of the Fraternal Order of Police.  

The four year agreement is retroactive to January 1st, 2012 and will expire on December 31st 2015.  It containers a one percent wage increase the first year, two percent the second and third years and three percent the final year.  However, the patrol officers will not receive any back pay for 2012 because of the extra insurance benefits they received that other city workers who earlier approved contracts did not receive.  

Under the agreement, patrolman will pay $50 towards the cost of single coverage and $150 for family coverage.  The city will pay the first 5% of any yearly insurance increases.  It will be up to the insurance committee to decide how to handle increase over five percent.  

The committee will consist of one person from the patrol, command, and telecommunicator  unions and one non-union person.  The city manager would break any tie votes.  The city will have the right to change carriers if the rate increase is below five percent as long as the new policy is equal or better than the existing policy.  

The contract will allow shift selection by seniority for those not assigned to specialized duties.  New officers hired will have to live within seven miles of city hall.  Current employees will be able to continue living within a 26 mile radius. 

The City and the Fraternal Order of Police have agreed to split arbitration fees.

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