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Pleasant Hills, police reach four-year contract agreement

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Pleasant Hills Council conditionally accepted a contract agreement with the Pleasant Hills police officers Monday. The contract is awaiting approval by Teamsters Local 205.

The new contract would be retroactive to Jan. 1 and last four years, Solicitor Fred Jug said. The previous contract was for three years and ended Dec. 31.

Wages for the officers would increase by 2.5 percent in the first and fourth years and 3 percent in the second and third years. The police department has 21 officers, but 16 would be affected after the last of five retirements in December 2013.

The base salaries affected are on eight levels, with a new officer being paid $47,866 and the highest paid at $79,777, Councilman Dan Soltesz said.

Retired officers still will be able to sell their sick time back to the borough once the new contract is in place. Officers can sell up to 90 days for 50 percent of their wages.

A union representative could not be reached for comment.

Council's acceptance could change if the union does not approve an increase in its health-care contributions from 5 percent to 10 percent, Jug said. Health care provided by Highmark is retroactive to June 1, Jug said.

Nonuniform employees still do not have a new contract. The next round of negotiations is set for Aug. 29. The two sides have not met since a fact-finding report was completed by Thomas L. Hewitt in July, Soltesz said.

The retroactive agreement was set to start Jan. 1 2012 and would be effective until Dec. 31, 2016. This would be the first contract for the nonuniform employees.

In other notes

Council approved the participation in Economic Development South's efforts to improve Brownsville Road and the Route 51 corridor.

Economic Development South already works with Brentwood, Whitehall and Baldwin boroughs as well as portions of the city of Pittsburgh.

A financial contribution will be determined during the budget process for next year's participation.

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or bgoncar@tribweb.com.

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