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Manchester aldermen override Gatsas veto, approve deal with police support staff union

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 15. 2017 1:32AM

MANCHESTER — City aldermen voted to approve a new two-year contract with the Manchester Police Support Staff union Tuesday night, overriding a veto by Mayor Ted Gatsas in the process.

The deal, which covers just over 40 union members, includes a 2 percent raise in the current fiscal year — retroactive to Oct. 1 — and another 2 percent raise next July 1.

According to a salary and benefit impact study conducted by city staff, the new deal is expected to impact the FY 2018 budget with $84,120 in additional costs, and $84,727 in FY ’19.

Aldermen approved the contract on a 10-4 vote with little discussion. Voting to approve the deal were Kevin Cavanaugh, Ron Ludwig, Pat Long, Chris Herbert, Dan O’Neil, Bill Shea, Tom Katsiantonis, Barbara Shaw, Bill Barry and Normand Gamache. Opposed were Tony Sapienza. Elizabeth Moreau, Joseph Kelly Levasseur and Keith Hirschmann.

Mayor Ted Gatsas vetoed the deal.

“As I have said in the past, I think the support staff does a great job,” said Gatsas. “We certainly have an awful lot of employees in the city that are looking for raises. I just don’t think the funds are there.”

O’Neil moved to override the veto. The motion passed on a 10-4 vote, with Cavanaugh, Ludwig, Long, Herbert, O’Neil, Shea, Katsiantonis, Shaw, Barry and Gamache in favor. Opposed were Sapienza, Moreau, Levasseur and Hirschmann.

The contract runs through June 30, 2019.

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