I've done some sums on the new Police Officers Contract. Do you
realise they can get a 9% increase with this contract when
everyone else is losing their jobs or getting no raise? Now I
love the WVT police - they do a great job - but I have to think,
do I love them THAT much? NINE per cent increase? Wey Hey.
Now for the detail:
Recently, the Board of Supervisors approved the latest West
Vincent Township Police Officers contract. I had given notice
about the upcoming vote in a previous e-mail and a link to the
contract. I reviewed the contract and here are some
The contract states the officers are getting a 2% raise in each
of the next three years. I wonder how this compares to the
averages in TODAY'S WORLD for others? According to what I have
been able to find on the web, it looks like WVT Police get paid
very well. http://www1.salary.com/police-officer-Salary.html
Philadelphia Police work for far less money with more risk. http://phillypolice.com/careers/salary-and-benefits/.
Our officer's salary trend will be different from the national
average. Look at the chart here: http://www.indeed.com/salary/Police-Officer.html
The national trend is down... The site also says the national
average is $43,000.
West Vincent Township rates are close to New Jersey... http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/nj_police_salaries_rank_highes.html
Note the concerns in the article due to the high pay rates.
WVT Police will be making more than Honolulu police officers
with 20 years of experience. Ours will be making it after FIVE
Hawaii is an EXPENSIVE place to live.
Now ALL the officers are getting a 2% raise back dated to Jan
1st 2012. However, it looks like some of them will be getting
more in 2012. Like a 5% increase. This comes from the
"Additional Compensation Increases".
Each police officer employed for 3 continuous years from January
1, 2008 will get a 3% increase in the following Township fiscal
year, or the next year beginning Jan 1st. That means that ANY
officer who was hired before Dec 31st 2008, and was there
continuously for a three year period will get an ADDITIONAL 3%
It seems that 3% is applied to their base salary in the year
they reach 3 years. So, for those that are Class A (defined in
the contract I sent) in 2011, they will be getting 2% plus 3%,
which is a 5% raise the first year.
The way I read the contract, those that reach 3 years in 2012
will get a 5% total increase in 2013 on a salary of $68,245.
Those that reach 3 years in 2013 will get a 5% total increase in
2014.The other two of the three years will be the standard 2%
per year. So the average for those with 3 years of service at
the end of 2011 will be getting a 9% total increase. Perhaps I
am interpreting this incorrectly?
Did the 2012 West Vincent Township Budget incorporate the
contract numbers or will they need to be adjusted somehow????
In fairness, and I covered this before, IF the cost of their
Health Insurance increases, the agreement is that the employee
will have to pay half of the increase. So there is potentially
an increase in out of pocket expenses for the employee. Will the
Health Insurance increase? No one knows.
If you need it the link to the CURRENT contract is http://www.westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/Collective%20Bargining%20Agreement%202012-2014.pdf
There seems to be an earlier one, also: http://www.westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/Proposed%20Collective%20Bargaining%20Agreement%20.pdf
This is good money and I congratulate the police officers for
negotiating an excellent package considering what is happening
in government today. Most municipalities, from Townships to
Cities are suffering from shortfalls. Most government offices
are trying to hold the line and make cuts in employees or cut
wages so that all the employees can stay. In West Vincent, it
seems that the tax money supply is endless. And with the bond
money in, West Vincent Township should be able to makeup any
shortfall in taxes (People are still re-assessing their
properties, did you?) and permits for the year by just financing
the rest. That debt will be spread out all the way to 2031. Any
financial repercussions will be pushed to the future, for a
future board to deal with.
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