Nashua mayor's veto of union contract provision upheld
Although the Board of Aldermen previously approved one of the proposed bargaining agreements with the Nashua Police Supervisors Association, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau recently vetoed one line item of the four-year contract that permits sick days to pay for retroactive health care costs.
Police supervisors have 120 days of sick time that can be accrued and paid out during retirement, according to Lozeau, who said that payout is about $38,000 for sergeants and about $41,000 for lieutenants.
She maintained, however, that the majority of those funds would not actually be returned to the health care program because the supervisors will still have adequate time to accrue those missing 15 days before retiring. It could set a dangerous precedent if other police unions — specifically the patrolmen's union — attempted to take similar action, she said.
Nashua Police Chief John Seusing stood before the mayor and aldermen before their vote, asking city officials to again support the supervisors contract as it was approved three weeks ago with the sick time provision included.
The agreement with the police supervisors 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.
A second agreement with the police department's UAW Local 2232 was also presented on Tuesday. That proposal will be reviewed by an aldermanic committee for further review.
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