Solon Police Get Wage Increases, But Also Higher Health Costs In New Deal

The Solon City Council will vote on a collective bargaining agreement for sergeants and lieutenants and patrol officers at tonight's meeting.

Under a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, Solon's lieutenants, sergents and patrol officers would receive annual wage increases but have to pay more out-of-pocket for their health benefits.

The proposed agreement, which would run from January 2013 to the end of 2015, will be voted on by city council at tonight's 7:30 p.m. meeting in City Hall.

Under the proposal between the city and the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, sergeants, lieutenants and patrol officers would see pay increases of 2.25 percent each year. That will bring the pay range for sergeants from the a low of $38,210 and a high of $79,477.84 this year to a low of $40,848.20 and a high of $84,964.26 in 2015.

For lieutenants, the current low-end pay of $42,795.80 will raise to $45,750 in 2015, and the current high of $89,015.26 will increase to $95,160 by 2015.

But in exchange for wage increases, police officers will be paying more for their health-care coverage out of their own pockets. Deductibles for both in-network and out-of-network treatment will increase, as well as some prescription drug co-pays.

Individual deductibles will increase to $250 for in-network treatment and $500 for out-of-network use. Family plans will increase to $500 and $1000.


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