Middleton City Council and Local 427 Police Union Agree to 3-Year Contract

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Matt Geiger
The City of Middleton's new contract with police admits that some aspects of health premium payments are "not a settled issue."

The Middleton Common Council last week unanimously approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) Local 427. The deal covers 2013 through 2015.

The agreement between the city and WPPA calls for increases in pay of 1 percent in 2013, 2 percent in 2014 and 3 percent in 2015. The new contract maintains continuous longevity pay increases, and in 2015 police officers will make between $55,247.98 and $66,273.48 annually in salary. (Officers will make anywhere from the mid-$60,000s to the low $90,000s in total annual compensation.)

While Act 10 stripped most public employee unions of many of their bargaining powers, the legislation did not do the same for police unions.

According to the contract, the city and the union recognize that the current interpretation of the law as of the end of 2012 is “in a state of flux,” and the union’s ability to bargain for additional compensation in payment of health premiums “is not a settled issue.”

As was the case before, local police will be prohibited from going on strike. The contract agrees that the WPPA “will not authorize, assist or support any strike, work stoppage, slowdown, interruption of work or interference with operations of the employer.” 

Middleton Police will maintain Fair Share, the practice of automatically withdrawing union dues from all employees’ pay. The WPPA will continue to represent all employees, both Association and non-Association, “fairly and equally and all employees in the bargaining unit shall be required to pay his/her proportionate share of the costs of the collective bargaining process and contract administration… .”

The city will deduct the amount certified by the union as dues, which are uniformly required of all members from the pay of each employee in the bargaining unit. The aggregate amount to be deducted, along with a list of the employees from whom such deductions were made, will be forwarded to the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.


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