Scottsbluff Police Union contract approved

The Scottsbluff city council Monday night approved a three year police union contract, which includes a stipulation that that there will be no more legal action on a past dispute regarding the union's health care plan.

The proposed contract will run from October 1st of this year to Septemnber 30th of 2016. Mayor Randy Meininger says the contract is a win for both sides. Meininger said it's a good feeling to have the contract finalized and is good to know that everyone is on the same page now.

Meininger says the law allowed them to operate under the old existing contract, which was actually 2010. But Meininger says "it's never good to leave things unfinished, and we want a good, solid contract between the police officers and the city, and I think we've got that."

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the two sides have agreed that wages, health care and retirement will continue to be negotiated every year even though there is the more lengthy agreement on other issues. Kuckkahn says for the first year in the agreement, the union will receive a three and a half percent hike in wages and benefits, retroactive to October 1st.

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