2014 Rye Police Union contract points for voters

Collective Bargaining

Contract Changes

Rye Police Teamsters #633

January 23, 2014


  1. Article 28, Duration. Term of Contract: 3 years.
  2. Article 23, Wages. COLA for all 3 years. Current Contract Language, tied to the NCIP.
  3. Article 19, Insurance, Section 3, 5. Heath Insurance:
    1. BC/BS Comp 2500 plan will be closed for new employees.
    2. We will add a lower cost Mathew Thornton Plan for all new hires, with a higher co-pay for prescription meds. The Town will not pay any deductibles or co-pays for new hires.
    3. 75/25% premium co-share for all new hires. The current co-share is 80/20 and will remain so for all current employees with the exception of single person. That will increase to 15% premium co-share over life of contract. Right now it’s 10%.
    4. We agree to establish a labor management health care committee to look at alternate plans with the goal of reducing the cost for all parties.
    5. New Language: Both parties agree to reopen this contract to negotiate changes in good faith  to insure this agreement complies with the Affordable Care Act, and other state, federal, or local insurance and/or health care reform legislation, and to avoid being subject to fees (including but not limited to, taxes/fees because employees are eligible to obtain subsidized or discounted insurance through an insurance exchange); or to avoid the coverage being subject to “Cadillac” taxes (a.k.a. the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage).
  4. Article 8, Personnel, Section 1: Currently the contract calls for first in first out if there ever was a lay off or reduction in force. We agreed to remove the language “regardless of rank” to allow the town the ability not to lay off a ranking officer that had less seniority than a patrol officer.
  5. Article 5, Grievance Procedure:  Increase time to meet with the Selectmen to 10 days.
  6. Article 12, Vacation Leave: Add “Under no circumstances will an employee or their estate be paid for more than 240 hours of accumulated vacation time”.
  7. Article 13, Sick Leave, Section 1:  Cap accumulation at 480 hours for new hires. Current employees are grandfathered and can continue to accumulate leave.
  8. Article 15 Bereavement Leave: Delete “Significant Other” and insert “Domestic Partner”.

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