BEATRICE – A contract covering Beatrice Police Officers has been approved by the city council. The council voted 5-0 Monday night to authorize the three-year-agreement.
City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the agreement includes two-percent pay increases each of the three years.
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Although voting for it, Councilman Ted Fairbanks said he dislikes the use of percentage increases in the contract.
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Fairbanks also argued that Easter should be considered a holiday, under the contract. But, the Fraternal Order of Police Union local did not request that, in the negotiations.
One argument sometimes made is that percentage increases in compensation serve to widen the gap between higher, and lower-paid positions, over time.
Three council members were absent from last night’s meeting, a reason Fairbanks voted to approve the contract. One member, Dwight Parde, will be replaced after not running for reelection. Mike McLain becomes a new third-ward city councilman in early December.
The mayor and city council held a closed session last night on contract negotiations. One labor union agreement is still to be finalized….with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.