New two-year collective agreements with the Lethbridge Police Association and the Senior Officers Association were ratified today by City Council.
The agreements provide wage increases of 2.5 per cent, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016, and two per cent, effective Jan. 1, 2017, for the 164 Lethbridge Police Service officers in the police association as well as the three inspectors who comprise the Senior Officers Association. The agreements have already been ratified by members of both associations.
"These agreements are fair to the valued officers of the Lethbridge Police Service as well as the Lethbridge residents they serve. These settlements are consistent with City Council's budget and financial plan and will have no impact on property taxes," said Mayor Chris Spearman.
Included in the agreement with the Lethbridge Police Association are a commitment to reach agreement by the end of this year on the use of Special Constables as well as enhancements to vacation and long-term disability accruals. Meanwhile, inspectors will see time spent as Acting Chief or Acting Deputy Chief become pensionable after a minimum number of hours in either role.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant