Nashua aldermen approve police supervisor deal including raises
"We have Monopoly money being used. That is how I see it," said the mayor, who prefers the retroactive pay be deducted from wages rather than sick days.
The new agreement with the police union includes a combined 6.7 percent wage increase for sergeants and a combined 7.7 percent pay hike for lieutenants over a four-year period.
"It is not easy having this conversation," she said while addressing aldermen and a crowd of at least 10 uniformed police officers. "I don't take this conversation lightly."
Alderman-at-Large Lori Wilshire disagreed, saying there is value to sick time, and it should be an option for police officers to pay back their retroactive health care costs.
Alderman Dan Moriarty, Ward 9, argued that the union chose to ignore the desire of city officials expressed when the contract was originally rejected several months ago, and instead proceeded to tack on a fourth year in the contract and ignore recommended adjustments to wages.
Police supervisors are on the front line fighting crime, Donchess said.
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