Lawrence police officers have signed a new contract giving them 3 percent pay increases, higher life insurance coverage, higher longevity pay, higher sick leave accumulation, physical fitness evaluations and full dental coverage. Does this mean that all other city employees should expect to receive the same benefit increases? If not, why?
Beginning Jan. 1, 1996, all city employees will receive the same benefit increases as police in the following categories: wage adjustment (general wage increase), sick leave, longevity pay and dental coverage.
Police, however, will receive different increases involving physical fitness assessments and life insurance.
Voluntary fitness evaluations for police cost more than for other employees ($150 each compared to $27, because police evaluations include cardiovascular exams), said Karen DeGasperi, the city's personnel manager. Life insurance coverage for police also costs more.
DeGasperi said the city was looking into possibilities for increasing life insurance coverage for all city employees.