Tisbury selectmen approve police amended union contract

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After about a year of negotiations, Tisbury selectmen Tuesday night signed off on a memorandum of agreement with the Tisbury Police union that updates the existing contract, which expired June 30, 2015. The new contract is retroactive to July 1, 2015, and expires June 30, 2018.

The contract includes a raise. The salary schedule will increase 6 percent over the three-year term of the contract, with 2 percent granted retroactively for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

Sergeants in FY17 starting at step one will make $77,819 annually, versus $79,385 in FY18. Sergeants at the top of the scale will make $103,272 annually in FY17, and $105,339 in FY18. Patrolmen at step one will make $67,087 annually in FY17, and $68,423 in FY18. Patrolmen at the top step will make $89,032 annually in FY17 and $90,807 in FY18.

Many of the other contract amendments are largely routine. At the beginning of each fiscal year, full-time employees will be granted two nonaccruable paid personal days. Night-shift differentials will increase from $1.50 to $2.75 per hour for officers who work the 4 pm to midnight shift, and from $2 to $3 during the midnight to 8 am shift. Third-party-detail rates will increase from $44 per hour to $55 per hour, and hospital details from $60 to $80 per hour. Employees will be granted up to eight workweeks of unpaid maternity or paternity leave.

Tisbury town treasurer Jon Snyder told The Times in a phone call Wednesday the delay was not unusual. Waiting on the results of a proposed town employee compensation and classification plan delayed the negotiations temporarily, union steward Officer Jeremie Rogers said Wednesday.

Mr. Snyder said the pay-scale adjustments were the first and biggest items of the negotiations, but were guided by the classification plan, which goes to town meeting for approval on Tuesday.

“We came to a happy resolution,” Mr. Snyder said. “In every negotiation there’s a little give and take, but I think both sides are very happy with the contract that we’ve worked out.”

Tuesday, board of selectmen chairman Tristan Israel thanked the union and town representatives for their efforts. “It was good work,” he said. “And we appreciate it.”