The City Council approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis today. It is one of the City’s largest labor agreements, covering roughly 870 officers and representing an annual payroll of about $63.5 million. Overall, the contract will assist in shifting the department from a culture centered on precincts to a citywide culture of policing. It allows for a focus on accountability, growth, development and succession planning.
Officer salaries are increased to keep them competitive, providing for about a 15 percent increase over five years and keeps City officers in the top one-third of the larger departments in the Twin Cities area. The agreement is actually two contracts, one for 2015-2016 and one for 2017-2019. It provides retroactive pay for the two years the parties performed without a successor collective bargaining agreement. With the restructuring of performance pay, the pay raises outlined in the contract are in line with raises negotiated by other City bargaining units, and are staggered over the course of the contract.
The new agreement with the police union also broadens the police chief’s authority over administrative leaves during critical incident investigations and to reassign officers for professional growth and/or performance related issues.
Other highlights include a simplification of scheduling and changes to compensatory time rules to reduce overtime costs while still maintaining a strong officer presence throughout the city and increase officer safety. Further, it increases transfer opportunities and implements citywide bids every other year to encourage a more citywide focus for officers.
Finally, the agreement calls for the creation of a work group to review and develop administrative practices for caring for department employees who have experienced a critical or traumatic incident. The group will consider how to best help employees exposed to trauma and those who may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other conditions long after the incident occurred.