Comparing Warwick Contracts
For perspective (which ever way that you, dear reader, wish to take it), here is a quick comparison of the re-negotiated Warwick contracts. Warwick Mayor Avedesian and his administration re-negotiated the fire, police and municipal contracts (pending City Council approval this Friday) and extended them to 2012. (In September 2008), the Warwick School Committee and Administration re-negotiated the teacher contract thru 2011.
* For Fire, Police and Municipal workers, this is the effective annual raise after salary give backs for the last four months of Fiscal Year 2009, which amounted to 5% for police, 3.5% for firefighters and 3% for municipal employees. The teachers renegotiated on the heels of their new contract just taking affect. This took them from their original 3.5% raise to a 2% raise with differential deferred.
Health care co-pay is for individual/week and is a set dollar amount, not a percentage.
1) Health care really needs to become a percentage of salary, not a flat dollar amount.
2) Don’t forget the STEPS. Raises are built into step increases.
UPDATE: I took some time and, utilizing the “Transparency Train“, looked at the current contracts that are being extended. Currently, the Police (p.14) and Fire (p.36) have this step increase structure built in:
Now, these aren’t year-to-year steps–as with the Teacher contract (p.107)–and the impact isn’t as great. For example, those in the middle years of each step are really just getting the publicized raise (0% and then 2.25%). Those lucky enough to make the jump will receive more. (The municipal union contract–p.72–is similarly structured ).