October 18, 2021

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Topeka City Council agenda consists of tentative contracts with police, fireplace unions

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The city of Topeka has arrived at tentative agreement agreements with its police and firefighters unions.

The proposed labor agreements – together with a person for Teamsters Union users with the street maintenance division – are included on Tuesday’s town council agenda. It was posted online Thursday.

Details delivered with the IAFF Regional 83 agenda entry does not deliver specifics. It only states that it is a a few-yr arrangement, delivering recommendations for administration and employees in the bargaining device.

For the Fraternal Buy of Police Lodge 3, the tentative offer contains a spend increase, a a person-time $3,000 bonus, and enables individuals to appear in from other companies at a larger degree, primarily based on knowledge. It also boosts the regular additional pay for officers with bachelor’s and master’s levels, provides for a longer time lunch breaks when performing 10-hour shifts, and lets more paid out go away to show up at FOP conferences and seminars.

Over and above payment, the arrangement would improvements technique on disciplinary information. It would allow fewer serious offenses to be eliminated from an officer’s history just after two several years. Nevertheless, suspensions of 4 times or far more would remain in their personnel file for the length of employment.

It also lets the city supervisor to release human body cam footage 30 times immediately after an incident, as opposed to 60 days, and removes a provision that the metropolis offer legal counsel in felony conditions.

The council is set to vote on the agreements at its Tuesday, Sept. 14 meeting. Negotiations with equally sides has been at an impasse given that summer months.

On Friday, Aaron Freeman, President of the IAFF Nearby #83 termed the the proposed agreement “fair and sensible.”

“The Union has ratified the agreement proposal by way of a vote of the membership, and we look forward to the City Council approving the similar next Tuesday,” stated Freeman. “A ton of operate went into achieving this settlement and the Union appreciates the initiatives of all associated.”

13 Information attained out to the metropolis of Topeka for comment Thursday, but we have not nonetheless gained a response.

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