Lakewood council approves deal with police union

Staff writerAugust 30, 2013 

The Lakewood City Council this week approved a three-year collective-bargaining agreement with the city’s newest and smallest employee union.

The Lakewood Police Management Guild represents the city’s five police lieutenants. Certified in February, the guild was formed to ensure pay and benefits comparable to lieutenants in like-sized police departments elsewhere.

The guild’s first contract was approved Monday by the City Council. It will give lieutenants incremental salary increases every six months of the contract, which runs through the end of 2015 and is retroactive to Feb. 1, 2013.

It holds the line on medical premiums for this year, then moves to shared cost increases over the next two years. It also provides a one-time longevity payment of $2,000 for those with more than four years on the Lakewood force as lieutenants.

The agreement comes on the heels of the city ratifying a similar deal this month with its largest police union, which represents about 90 commissioned officers, including detectives and sergeants.

The city has yet to sign new deals with two unions representing about 130 rank-and-file government employees and about six community service officers. They have been working with expired contracts since Jan. 1.

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