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Cottage Grove police, public works labor contracts negotiated

Negotiations for police officers and public works employees for 2018 through 2020 were approved at the Oct. 4 city council meeting.

Employees in the police and public departments received a 3 percent cost of living adjustment each year and a three-day allowance for bereavement leave, separate from their annual leave balance.

The police union and Local 49 Union that represent the public works employees have been asking for specified bereavement leave for several years.

Police will also receive a $75 uniform allowance increase, and a 27 cent per hour increase for the top step employees.

Public works employees will receive a $50 for uniform allowance increase, and an increase from seven designated holidays to 11.

The working foreman and lead will be given a $2 per hour increase.

The city and 49ers have also agreed to explore ‘incentive pay’ for certifications, classes or additional duties for employees in the bargaining unit. An agreement would be reached on this no earlier than 2019.