CHADRON – The Chadron City Council Monday night approved a 4-year contract with the unionized members of the police department, retroactive to Oct 1, 2018, and running through Sept 30, 2022.
Negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69 began in June 2018, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement. The union then filed a wage and benefits case with the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations last April.
The case went to mediation in August, but again ended without a resolution. The city then submitted a “final best offer” in November that was accepted last month by the officers. Mayor Miles Bannan is thrilled to finally have a contract signed.
The contract pays back wages to Sept 2018 with officers brought up to their appropriate salary step, based on evaluation and time with both sets of costs already included in this year’s budget.
It has a 2% pay raise this Oct to keep up with changes in comparability to other similar departments. The union will be able to renegotiate the final year if members wish to do so.