Police union approves tentative agreement with town
Published 6:11 pm, Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The union representing the New Canaan Police Department has agreed on terms for a new contract with the town in a 30 to 7 vote counted Monday.
"It's been approved by the union," President Sgt. John Milligan said. "We're satisfied with the contract and the agreement that has been reached."
In order for the agreement to be fully ratified it must be approved by the Town Council later this month. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said he restarted discussions with the union in a meeting with the leadership Jan. 30. A large sticking point for the union was benefits for spouses, which the fire department received in its last contract.
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"The last administration had allocated $50,000 for these contract negotiations and arbitration," Mallozzi said. "We had not gone anywhere in the past five or six months and we were looking at a lot more time and money spent in arbitration if it continued like that. So I decided to call in all the leadership to my office Monday morning of last week."
After calling them in, Mallozzi said he presented them the same tentative agreement they agreed to back in August of 2011 with the addition of the spousal benefit.
"We did a lot of research into the actuary cost and decided this was the best way to move things forward," Mallozzi said.
Mallozzi spoke with finance consultant Kathleen Corbet to make sure the numbers were in order.
After the discussions were complete, Milligan brought the agreement to the entire union and new of the favorable vote came in Monday afternoon.
Milligan said they are content with the current structure of the contract and are pleased to be moving forward.
"We look forward to putting the negotiations behind us and working with the town in the future," Milligan said.
While the process is not completely over, Mallozzi hopes Town Council will ratify the contract.
"One of the main goals I had during the campaign was to get this third of our three contracts put to bed. I will be extremely happy once it gets through Town Council," Mallozzi said. "I think they will be on the same page as us."