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LEMOORE — The Lemoore City Council met Tuesday and approved tentative agreements with several associations, including salary and health benefit increases.

On the council’s agenda were memorandums of understanding with the Lemoore General Association of Service Employees Unit, the Lemoore Police Officers Association and the Lemoore Police Sergeants Association.

Assistant City manager Michelle Speer outlined the proposed changes that City staff worked on with the associations for Council.

First up was the Service Employees Unit, which proposed the following changes:

  • 8 percent salary increase
  • Change from monthly to bi-weekly pay
  • Uniform allowance increases and boot allowance increase
  • Up to $1,350 per month for health benefits paid for by the City
  • Home buyer’s assistance up to $10,000

All the changes for the Service Employees Unit are estimated to cost the City about $436,700.

Next up were the Police Officers Association and Police Sergeants Association, which both proposed the following changes:

  • 8 percent salary increase
  • Change from monthly to bi-weekly pay
  • Problem Oriented Police officers will receive premium pay equal to 2.5 percent of their base pay for specific assignments
  • The uniform allowance will increase to $1,200, to be paid once a year in January
  • Up to $1,350 per month for health benefits paid for by the City
  • One holiday and two half-day holidays will be added as paid holidays
  • Home buyer’s assistance up to $15,000

All the changes for the Police Officers Association are estimated to cost the City about $420,000 and changes for the Police Sergeants Association are estimated to cost about $55,000.

Lastly was a discussion about changes for unrepresented employees, which Speer said are not represented by a bargaining unit, including mid- and executive-level managers.

Changes proposed for unrepresented employees included:

  • 8 percent salary increase
  • Up to $1,350 per month for health benefits paid for by the City
  • Increase in administrative leave
  • Home buyer’s assistance up to $10,000

Council members were receptive to the changes and voted unanimously to approve all the agreements with the various associations and employees.

Speer said the agreements will start Jan. 1, 2018, and end June 30, 2020.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2423 or jzavala@hanfordsentinel.com

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