Nashua Mayor blasts police contract proposal
"I am mostly disappointed because more time continues to pass," said Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, noting several police union contracts expired in 2011.
"You can't go back and get that money," she said. "Other employees have given up tuition and changed their (compensation) times and given up personal time. When I look at this new contract, I am concerned because (police) have increased their pay for education, added days for some things and included a fourth year of wage increases."
On Tuesday, aldermen were presented with the new agreement from the Police Supervisors Association that proposes a combined 6.7 percent wage increase for sergeants and a combined 7.7 pay hike for lieutenants over a four-year period.
Pappas maintained that the final year, with a proposed salary increase of 2.5 percent for both lieutenants and sergeants, is in line with salary rates for other city unions.
The lieutenants, under the newly proposed agreement, would obtain a 2 percent pay increase in 2012, a 1 percent increase in 2013, a 2.2 percent increase in 2014 and a 2.5 percent increase in 2015.
He is hopeful that the three remaining unions will have newly proposed contract agreements to present to the Board of Aldermen soon, with at least one of those contracts expected to be ready next month.Lozeau said that while the majority of the police union contracts have been expired since 2011, there are other city unions that are now beginning negotiations for their second contract since then.
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