Ramsey approves patrol officer, sergeants contract

The Ramsey patrol officers and sergeants have a new two-year contract.

The Ramsey City Council March 26 approved the 2013-2014 contract on a 6-0 vote. Councilmember Jason Tossey abstained.

Under the new contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014, the patrol officers and sergeants will receive a 1 percent cost of living increase in the first year and a 2 percent increase for the second year.

They will also get a 2 percent market rate adjustment July 14, said Colleen Lasher, human resources manager.

Health insurance costs have increased by 8.5 percent, she said

The patrol officers and sergeants enrolled in group health insurance will receive a city contribution increase from $1,200 to $1,293 for family coverage and $700 to a maximum of $746.50 for single coverage in 2013.

For 2014, the city family health insurance contribution will increase from $1,293 to $1,358 and from the maximum of $746.50 to a maximum of $784 for single coverage in 2014.

Officers and sergeants taking cash in lieu of city insurance coverage will receive $295 per month, an increase of $5 a month.

If the health insurance premiums increase more than 10 percent in 2014, which could happen as a result of the Health Care Reform Act, the bargaining unit could ask to re-negotiate the city contributions, Lasher said.

Ramsey will continue to be purchase $20,000 basic life insurance policies for the full-time regular patrol officers and sergeants.

The contract also covers court time, compensatory time off, overtime and fitness for duty.

The second year the contract includes the fitness for duty program, which allows police officers an option to exercise while on duty, said Lasher.

The program helps improve job performance, fitness levels and reduce health risk associated with the stressful and often sedentary jobs as well as reduce the job-related injuries, absenteeism, she said.

According to the contract, they will be allowed one hour per shift for working out using 30 minutes of their daily break time and 30 minutes of duty time and may not exceed six hours over a two-week period.

The work out time availability will depend on conditions set by the police chief and call volume.

Employees participating in the program will have their fitness tested on a semi-annual basis, according to the contract.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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