Tallahassee police officers represented by the Big Bend Police Benevolent Association (PBA) have approved a three-year pay and benefits package offered by the City of Tallahassee. The new contracts were approved by two separate bargaining units, one representing police officers and investigators and the other representing police sergeants and lieutenants. The agreements represent a year-long negotiating effort by the City and PBA.
The contracts include an economic package of approximately 11.86 percent in salary and benefits over the three years. They also allow for across the board (ATB) salary increases of .5 percent in the first and second years and 1.57 percent in the third year of the agreement.
“I’m pleased that the police bargaining units approved the agreements,” said City Manager Anita Favors Thompson. “These agreements were carefully crafted, keeping in mind both the difficult economic times we’re all facing but also with a sincere appreciation for the outstanding work performed by our police officers every single day on behalf of Tallahassee citizens.” Favors Thompson added that it’s important to recognize the efforts by all City employees, including law enforcement officers, who are doing more with fewer resources than in the past.
“Throughout the year-long process, the dedicated men and women who protect this community took into consideration the economic challenges we all are facing as a community and ratified the collective bargaining agreements presented by the City of Tallahassee,” said Steve Slade, president of the Big Bend PBA and a Tallahassee Police Department lieutenant.
The City Commission will consider the contract language during their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 9. Upon Commission approval, the new contracts will be retroactive to October 1, 2010 and run through September 30, 2013.