Cleveland and police union reach tentative agreement that will give officers a raise, union says

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The union representing most Cleveland police officers said Thursday the city has agreed to give police officers a 2% raise each for the next two years as part of a tentative agreement for negotiations on a new collective agreement.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association said in a letter posted on social media that its members, which include the department’s base officers, will vote on the tentative agreement at a later date that has not been set. The municipal council must also approve the agreement before it takes effect.

Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer have reached out to CAPP President Jeffrey Follmer for comment and further details regarding the deal.

Mayor Justin Bibb’s administration confirmed it had reached an agreement with the union, but declined to discuss specifics.

“We have reached a tentative agreement with the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association,” city spokeswoman Sarah Johnson said in an email. “We (the city) honor the process and let the union circulate it to its members before sharing the details publicly.”

If the new contract is approved, the officers would receive the equivalent of a 7% raise retroactive to April this year, plus an additional 2% raise each of the next two years.

In 2023, an officer with five years on the force would earn a base salary of $73,868, rising to $75,345 by 2024 under the proposed deal. A new officer would earn almost $60,000 by 2023 and $61,123 by 2024.

The rate for a trainee police officer would also increase if the agreement is approved. Interns are currently paid $15 an hour until they are sworn in as police officers. This wage would increase to $16 per hour, then to $16.50 on April 1, 2024, under the proposed agreement.

If passed, the deal would also allow officers who are members of Ohio’s organized militia, which includes the National Guard, Naval Militia and Army Reserves, or who serve in the military, to take paid leave. from their patrol positions to fulfill these functions. . Officers are currently required to take unpaid leave.

The proposed deal would also add June 16 as a paid holiday, bringing the number of paid holidays to 12.

Under the new agreement, any officer suspended for more than 10 days can appeal discipline and all disciplinary suspensions will be administered within eight hours for each day of suspension, the report said.

The previous contract stated that an employee “could” be subject to disciplinary action or termination if they were found to be using illegal drugs. Under the new contract, employees will be disciplined or fired if a drug or alcohol test proves they have used illegal drugs or abused alcohol. There are exceptions for employees who test positive for alcohol or those who test positive for prescription drugs.

Any employee who refuses to submit to a drug or alcohol test, tampers with it or attempts to change a urine sample will be automatically disciplined under the proposed agreement.

The contract will remain in effect until March 31, 2025 if ratified.

Correction: The 5% equity adjustment and 2% increase are part of the tentative contract agreement which would be retroactive to April this year, and have not yet taken place. »

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