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Robbinsville Township, PBA #344 Reach Agreement on New 4-Year Contract
Health Benefits for Life Eliminated For New Police Hires
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (May 27, 2016) – Township Council on Thursday approved a memorandum of agreement between Robbinsville Township and Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 344 on a new, four-year contract.
Among the focal points of the agreement is the elimination of lifetime health benefits for new officers hired after January 1, 2016. Additionally, the step guide was eliminated for new hires and replaced with a 20-year pay scale with increases limited to 2 percent per-year. Starting pay for new hires also was increased. Lifetime health benefits ended for all non-represented Robbinsville Township employees hired after January 1, 2006.
“If you look around the state, continuing to give lifetime health benefits to employees is bankrupting our governments, both at the state and local level,” said Mayor Dave Fried, who worked with Business Administrator Joy Tozzi to help broker the deal for the Township. “We have one of the finest police departments in the state and I am grateful for their dedicated service each and every day. On the business end of this, continuing to give lifetime benefits to new hires is simply unsustainable. We set the trend a decade ago by eliminating those benefits for non-represented employees because it is one of the most effective ways to maintain fiscal responsibility in a climate of ever-rising costs.”
The contract with PBA #344 runs through December 31, 2019.
“PBA #344 is very happy to be able to come to an agreement with the Township,’’ PBA President Edward Vincent said. “It once again shows our ability to work together, and allows us to refocus on everyone’s primary goal - and that is to serve the residents of Robbinsville Township.”
Also during Thursday’s Township Council Meeting at the Senior Center, Chris Nitti was officially sworn in as Police Chief by Mayor Fried, and Officer Barbara Borges was honored for her 26 years of public service. Officer Borges worked her final patrol shift on Thursday, May 26, 2016.