Spring Lake Park council approves sergeants contract

by Tim Hennagir
Life Editor

Spring Lake Park police sergeants will receive a 3 percent wage increase as part of a recently ratified two-year union contract.

City councilmembers ratified the 2012-2013 contract Feb. 6. Wages will increase 2 percent this year and 1 percent in 2013.

The city is currently contributing $1,157.40 monthly to employee and dependent health, hospitalization and dental insurance.

If there is an increase or decrease in an employee’s premium, the city will split the difference 50-50, said City Administrator Barbara Nelson. That provision is effective through Sept. 1, 2013.

Sergeants’ uniform allowance will be $740 each year of the contract.

A one-month carryover of the previous year’s allowance is allowed to accommodate the purchase of costly items such as weapons.

The carryover has a $500 per item minimum price.

Officers will continue to receive $500 toward continuing education and health club or physical fitness programs, Nelson said.

During the Feb. 6 meeting, councilmembers also approved a post-retirement health care savings plan policy for the sergeants that included an employee lump sum contribution deduction.

Previously, employees with zero to seven years of service were contributing $200 per pay period.

That amount was reduced to $50 per pay period.

Employees with seven or more years of service were contributing $500; that amount was reduced to $250 per pay period.

Nelson reported Spring Lake Park will enter into mediation with St. Paul-based Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc., the union that represents its patrol officers in labor negotiations.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]