Zelie council, police agree on contract
November 5, 2012
ZELIENOPLE — Borough council Monday night approved a new four-year contract with its police officers that borough officials described as a give and take for both parties. “I think they got a fair contract and we got a fair contract,” said borough manager Don Pepe. The current contract was set to expire Dec. 31. The new contract, which the borough and police union were negotiating since the beginning of this year, will run from Jan. 1 through 2016. The contract affects seven full-time and two part-time officers. The borough will save $160,000 in base costs to start in the contract, excluding scheduled pay raises and other additional added benefits, said Pepe. Police officers will receive raises of 2.5 percent in the first and last year and 2 percent in the middle two years of the contract. Officers also received long-term disability benefits along with short-term benefits. Previously, only short-term benefits had been available to officers, Pepe said. Pepe added there were changes in health care co-pays, but because rates with its health care carriers have been beneficial to the borough in recent years, officers co-pays would likely remain at or near current levels.