By Bryan Boggiano
The city commission ratified two collective bargaining agreements between the Coral Springs Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 87 and the city at their Wednesday meeting.
The agreements are part of a contract between FOP I, law enforcement officers, and FOP II, which is between sergeants and lieutenants.
FOP’s union membership agreed on both agreements on Dec. 11 and 12. The newly approved contract will run through Sept. 30, 2024.
Officers, lieutenants, and sergeants will each receive 4-percent pay raises annually on Oct. 1.
According to city documents, this will allow base salaries to remain competitive and rank high throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Other contract changes include pension buyback time and group insurance rates. Members will no longer have to wait ten years to buy back time, and all members will be able to buy back five years.
Member pension contributions will increase from 9.8 percent to 11.5 percent, and the pension multiplier will increase from 3.25 percent to 3.5 percent.
According to city documents, group insurance members will have the same employee contribution rates, reflecting an 80-20 cost-sharing goal that the city has through 2023.
Additionally, officers must call out sick at least one hour before the start of their shift. According to Glenn Matonak, Lodge 87 President, this has been the FOP’s practice, which the contract codified.
The commission thanked police and FOP members for their hard work and dedication to the city. They emphasized that despite COVID and budget shortfalls, they appreciated the conversations, negotiations, and hard work.
“This is a contract that is very important to us,” said Commissioner Shawn Cerra. “For all of those who serve our department, thank you…This is just a small token of how our commission can say ‘thank you.'”
The commission voted unanimously in favor of the agreements.
“Having this contract approved by 100 percent of you makes all the difference in the world,” said Chief of Police Clyde Perry. “It sends a strong message to the men and women in my department that you have their back.”
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