ALPENA - Alpena City Police commanders have agreed to a new two-year deal with the city. During a special meeting on Wednesday night, the Alpena Municipal Council voted to approve the new deal that is retroactive from July 1 and expires June 30, 2013.
City Manager Thad Taylor said the workers will not receive a raise in the first year of the deal but will be rewarded a 1 percent increase in the second. The employees will also see an increase in their contribution for health benefits and retirement. Future employees will have a change in holiday pay, sick time and deferred compensation. Taylor said negotiations with the union went well, because most people know how difficult things are financially, inside of Alpena and outside as well.
"There is no doubt that they were cognizant of the issues," Taylor said. "All of our employees understand what is going on locally and at the state and federal levels. They have worked with us to help us save money wherever we can. The employees have been great."
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