Lawrence police officers approved a two-year work agreement Monday that would give them 3 percent annual pay increases and new dental insurance coverage.
The agreement, which would go into effect Jan. 1, awaits approval tonight from Lawrence city commissioners, who tentatively approved the agreement last month during negotiations.
The agreement provides for wage increases, benefits and working conditions for 80 non-supervisory officers, who are represented by the Lawrence Police Officers Assn. The group's membership approved the agreement during a meeting Monday evening.
"I think it's a fair agreement," Commissioner Allen Levine said.
Among the agreement's terms:
- Life insurance will coverage will increase to $20,000 per officer, up from the current $10,000 per officer.
- The cap for longevity pay, currently 20 years, will increase to 25 years. For example, an officer with 25 years' experience in the department would pick up an extra $210 a month.
- Sick leave accumulation would increase to 1,040 hours, up from the current cap of 720 hours.
- Officers will undergo evaluations each year for physical fitness and conditioning, to develop a baseline for each officer so each can work to improve conditioning and take care of identified medical conditions.
- Dental insurance, currently not provided, will be available to each officer. The city will pay 100 percent of the cost for officers, and 50 percent of cost for family members.
The dental coverage actually will be extended to all city employees -- excluding firefighters -- Jan. 1, said Rod Bremby, assistant city manager. The firefighters' current work agreement expires Dec. 31, 1996.