May 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM
Seattle police union approves new contract with city
The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) has overwhelmingly approved a new, four-year contract with the City of Seattle, the union announced Wednesday.
The guild, which represents more than 1,220 officers and sergeants, said 93 percent of those who cast ballots voted to approve a contract that includes a wage increase and maintains medical coverage.
The contract covers the period from 2011 through 2014. Wages increases will be zero for 2011; 2.3 percent for 2012; 3.25 percent for 2013; and .75 percent and a cost-of-living increase for 2014. The previous contract expired in 2010.
The new contract provides for future negotiations on reforms to the Police Department required under a federal settlement agreement to address excessive force and biased policing. Those talks must conform to state law labor law, the guild said.
The guild had reached tentative agreement on a new contract with the city late last month, setting up a vote of SPOG members.
The contract is expected to go before the Seattle City Council around mid-June.
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