By Joni Kirk, Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing.
The City of Mill Creek has reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Mill Creek Police Officers’ Guild.
The city council approved the agreement at its February 27, 2018, meeting. The agreement is for the term running January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020.
“We are exceptionally pleased to have negotiated this new contract so quickly,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto.
“The Guild’s bargaining team was extremely professional and committed to focusing on key issues. Both sides agreed to put reasonable offers on the table from the get-go and worked collaboratively to achieve consensus,” continued Polizzotto.
The new contract provides all commissioned officers with a three-percent increase in each year of the agreement.
The three-percent increase for 2018 is already built into Mill Creek’s 2017-2018 biennial budget, so a budget amendment is not required.
The agreement also includes a $1,000 signing bonus, which is offset by the reduction in legal fees by avoiding prolonged negotiations.
“The city was a pleasure to work with,” said Corporal Jesse Mack, who is the Police Officers’ Guild president.
Mack went on to say, “The Guild appreciates the city’s fairness and open-mindedness throughout the negotiations process.”
The updated agreement includes nominal language changes for clarification, as well as structural additions that didn’t previously exist.
“We are all pleased to come to this agreement,” said Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin.
Elwin continued, “By concluding contract negotiations in a timely manner, we are now positioned to move forward with new and innovative measures for the growth and development of the department.”