Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 05/09/2012 06:31:07 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – A three-year salary and benefits agreement has been approved between the city and the Claremont Police Officers Association.

The new contract ends months of contentiousness. The city declared negotiations to be at an impasse in late August, and union members on April 11 turned down by a single vote an earlier agreement, forcing additional negotiations.

The agreement, passed in a 3-2 vote at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, will save the city more than $311,562 over the term of the three-year agreement.

It includes members of the union paying 6 percent of their salaries toward their California Public Employees’ Retirement System benefits through July 7, 2013. From July 8, 2013, to June 30, 2014, most safety employees will pay 9 percent into their retirement benefits.

Police employees will receive a cost-of-living increase for each of the three years and a $400 increase in uniform allowance, said Shawna Urban, personnel manager for the city.

Councilmen Corey Calaycay and Opanyi Nasiali voted against the agreement as they had previously.

“From the moment that we began this cycle of employee contract negotiations it was my position that I was uncomfortable with the across-the-board cost-of-living increases,” Calaycay said. “That’s just my own personal point of view.”

Nasiali said he felt that “all employees should pay their fair share of the pension plan … while it’s getting in the right direction, I’m of the belief this should have been done in the beginning and not gradually as it’s done now.”

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