Ardmore city commissioners are expected to approve a contract between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #108 during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night. A new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated annually between the city and the police union.

 


Ardmore city commissioners are expected to approve a contract between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #108 during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night. A new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated annually between the city and the police union.


“We believe this is a good contract for both parties,” Ardmore’s Director of Human Resources said in a letter to the mayor and commissioners.


FOP members ratified the agreement recently after having started the 2008-09 fiscal year, which began on July 1, without a contract. The new collective bargaining agreement includes a 4.4 percent cost of living increase for all FOP members effective July 1, 2008, and a 3 percent step increase on officers’ employment anniversary dates for those who have not topped out in their salary range. City Manager Dan Parrott said non-union general employees who have not topped out in their salary range get about 2.5 percent anniversary-date step increases. All general city employees received a similar 4.4 percent cost of living increase on July 1.


An additional step has been added to the sergeants salary range. Parrott said the city will conduct a new salary survey in 2009 to ensure city employees’ wages are competitive with those in other communities.


Parrott said Ardmore Police Chief David Leonardo proposed three items contained in the agreement including:


* Additional pay of $50 per week for those captains designated to be on call by the chief;


* Additional pay of $130 per week for investigators designated to be on call by the chief. This on-call pay policy replaces a previous policy that gave investigators an additional day off after they had been on call for a week; and


• Additional pay for those corporals and sergeants who are temporarily assigned duties of a higher rank. Corporals assigned to sergeants duty will be paid an extra $1 per hour. Sergeants assigned to captains duty will be paid an extra $2 per hour. Officers must complete an 80-hour training course before they are eligible for acting pay.


Other contact highlights include:


• Eliminating the essay portion from the testing process for corporals and sergeants;


• Converting additional pay for education, certification, incentive and assignment pay from a monthly to hourly amount; and

* Eliminating firearms instructor/armorer and the clandestine lab tech classifications from the incentive pay group to the assignment pay group.


Parrott said the city’s policy on sick days, holiday and vacation days is the same for both union and non-union employees. The city’s health plan is also the same for both union and non-union employees, he said.