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New Canaan Town Council Approves Police Union Deal

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – A deal on a three-year contract has been finalized between the town and the union representing New Canaan’s police officers.

The New Canaan Town Council officially ended nearly two years of contract negotiations as it voted unanimously Wednesday on a three-year labor deal between the town and New Canaan Police Local 1575.

The agreement, which is retroactive to July 1, 2010, gives officers pay raises of 2.25 percent for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The deal also gives the police officers a spousal death benefit similar to the one given to town firefighters. Beginning July 1, the payroll deduction for the pension program for union members will be 1 percent of their annual salaries, and spouses of retired officers would receive 75 percent of the officers’ average annual salaries.

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi reached a tentative deal with the police officers’ bargaining unit two weeks ago, and the deal was ratified by the police union membership.

Jim Cole, chairman of the New Canaan Police Commission, said the deal puts all the town’s bargaining units in a parity situation. “We saved a substantial amount of legal expenses by working as hard as we can to reach a settlement,” Cole said after the council vote. “We set the stage for (negotiating) the next union contract.”

Negotiations on the next police contract will begin in spring 2013, Cole said. The town’s 41 police union members had been working under the terms of a four-year contract that expired June 30, 2010.

Sgt. John Milligan, the police union spokesman, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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