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Police support staff pact on Manchester aldermen’s agenda

MANCHESTER — Aldermen will be asked to ratify a two-year contract twith the union representing police support staff employees Tuesday night that includes a $13,000 incentive for employees to retire.

The proposed agreement is estimated to cost $33,000 less than the current agreement over two years.

It calls for 1 percent cost of living increases in the two years of the agreement. Employees not at top scale would receive higher increases that include step raises.

Workers who are eligible to participate in the Manchester retirement system would be eligible for the enhanced $13,000 severance benefit if they retire before June 30, 2015.

The agreement with the Teamster’s Union calls for workers to pay 17.5 percent of health insurance premiums for HMO or Point of Service plans, but new employees would pay 20 percent.

A lingering disagreement over three equipment mechanics who are members of the support staff union was resolved through an agreement that continues the mechanics membership in the bargaining unit, but assigns the employees to the city’s Central Fleet Management Department. The police mechanics and other Central Fleet mechanics will be cross-trained in repairing all city vehicles.

The aldermen will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the aldermanic chambers.

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