City Council approves contract for police union

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published February 15, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The public safety patrol, dispatchers and detectives unit’s contract will help the city move toward some of its financial goals.

The contract was approved 6-0 at the Feb. 2 City Council meeting with council member Hugh Marshall absent.

The agreement will run through the end of 2016, according to the contract. 

“The biggest thing in there was pension reform, and there’s significant changes in current benefits and future benefits,” City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said.

It also includes a continued wage freeze that the employees agreed upon.

“We’re still at 2010 wages,” Skotarczyk said. 

With the city having already reached contract agreements with three of the five unions, and with negotiations continuing with the others, Skotarczyk said the residents should appreciate the employees’ efforts to help the city deal with its financial issues.

Mayor Ken Poynter agreed.

“The employees stepped up,” he said. “They are helping us to avoid a serious financial crisis.

“We really appreciate the excellent job that all of our employees have done and are doing,” Poynter said.
The city also approved a contract with the clerical unit and the public works unit of the Technical, Professional, Office Workers Association of Michigan at a meeting in early January.