EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich Town Council formally approved the new agreement that covers non-police employees between the Town and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 472 Tuesday evening in a brief session at Town Hall.
The contract, which will run until June 30, 2015, shows a two-percent increase in salaries with the dispatcher, animal control officer, parking control officer and terminal agency coordinator, and a three-percent increase for the following year.
The step increases for each position states that as of July 1, both the dispatcher, parking control officer and animal control officer will each start at around $30,590 and go as high as about $38,300 by the fourth step. The terminal agency officer will receive $45,900 annually, which is $900 more than a year ago.
In the section entitled “Retirement and Pensions,” the agreement states that all fulltime employees are eligible to become members of the Municipal Employees Retirement System of the State of Rhode Island after working for six months if they’re under the age of 58 as a condition of employment un accordance with the law. If an employee is at least 58 years old, the contract states any member may retire after completing 10 years of service, or at any age after working for 30 years and any member is retired compulsory upon attainment at 70 years of age.
In regards to health benefits, the Town, according to the agreement, agrees to carry and pay for accidental health insurance policies that cover each regular member and their families by providing coverage that is no less than what’s provided by Blue Cross Blue Solutions for the Health Savings Account (HSA) ($2,000/$4,000 ) or Blue Cross HealthMate HDHP for HRA ($2,000/$4,000).
As of July 1, the Town and the Union, according to the contract, agree to participate in a HSA Blue Cross HealthMate Coast to Coast PPO HDH Plan under two classifications – Family and Individual. The Family plan will include a $4,000 annual deductible, as stated in the contract, with the town contributing half “on behalf of the member to a member’s private HSA.” The Town will also agree to front load the employee’s portion of the deductible and then, by payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis, the employee will contribute up to $2,000 for the coverage. Once the deductible is met, the plan will cover 100 percent of the medical expenses.
Similar coverage will apply to the Individual plan, according to the contract, with the difference being the annual deductible set at $2,000.