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Borough, police union reach agreement; Settling wage, health care issues might lead to new contract

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 12/27/17

Middletown borough and the union representing borough police officers have settled on wage and health care issues covering the years 2015 and 2016.

Borough council by 4-0 vote on Dec. 20 approved …

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Borough, police union reach agreement; Settling wage, health care issues might lead to new contract

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Middletown borough and the union representing borough police officers have settled on wage and health care issues covering the years 2015 and 2016.

Borough council by 4-0 vote on Dec. 20 approved a memorandum of understanding with the association covering the two years.

The association ratified the agreement on Dec. 12, Council Vice President Dawn Knull told the Press & Journal after council’s vote.

Details of the agreement were not immediately made available.

The agreement removes one of the hurdles in the way of the borough negotiating a new contract with the association.

Borough police officers had not received a pay raise since July 2014, when an increase had been called for in an arbitration award. The last contract between the borough and the association expired at the end of 2012.

Council had approved the agreement for 2015 and 2016 on Dec. 5, conditional on the association acting by Friday, Dec. 8.

The association said it could not meet that deadline, and instead met on Dec. 12 to ratify the agreement.

The motion council approved Dec. 20 is identical to the one council had approved Dec. 5, except to change the date to allow for the association to have acted on Dec. 12, Knull said.

On an unrelated note, council by 4-0 vote also approved a workers compensation settlement between the borough and Middletown Patrol Officer Jeffrey Weaver.

The agreement includes approving Weaver’s application for disability retirement, pursuant to the borough police pension plan, according to the motion that was presented by Knull.

The motion also included council approving a request that the borough reimburse its workers compensation carrier for a portion of the settlement payment, as recommended by the solicitor.

Details of the settlement agreement were not made public.