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Irvington Reaches Agreement With Police Union

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – After working two and a half years without a contract, the Irvington Police Association has reached a collective bargaining agreement with the village of Irvington.

“I think it’s fair on both sides and I think that was all we were kind of looking for,” Mayor Brian Smith said.

The Board of Trustees approved the contract at its Monday meeting.

The five-year agreement, for the period of June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2014, has an average annual salary increase of 3 percent, according to Village Administrator Lawrence Schopfer.

Schopfer said the new agreement also has “significant” contributions to health insurance premiums. The agreement states that employees hired on or after August 1, 2011 will contribute 2 percent of their base wage, not exceeding $2,100 a year, toward group health insurance for the first ten years of employment.

The agreement also stipulates a medical buyout of $5,000 per year. The compensation time bank has been increased to 120 hours.

“It took all of us to kind of hammer it out,” Smith said. “In the end, I think that we got a good result for everyone involved. I think it’s a contract that President Foley can bring back to his membership and feel good about. And I think I can look residents in the eye and feel good about the contract as well.”

Smith noted that the two parties were able to compartmentalize parts of the contract, including the 12-hour tour of duty.

“I think the village management thought it’d be a positive for us on an overtime basis, and I think that the members thought it’d be a positive in kind of a quality of life on their end,” Smith said.

What do you think of the agreement? Tell us in the comments or email mshamburger@mainstreetconnect.us .

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