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Wilmington reaches long-awaited labor agreement with police union

Delaware Public Media

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams announced a tentative agreement Monday between the city and the union representing its police force.

The proposed deal ends a stalemate that’s seen Wilmington police work without a contract since July 2011.

The new deal provides three years of raises for officers.

Union members will see a 2 percent raise for fiscal year 2013 and a 1 percent raise for the past two fiscal years. The officers won’t see any cost of living increase for 2012 or 2014.

The lodge also retains the option to re-open negotiations for a higher 2016 increase if any other union or non-union city employees receive more than a 1 percent increase for that year.

Mayor Williams said in statement this is “a long awaited salary increase to the men and women who valiantly protect and serve the City of Wilmington every day.”

The officers will also see an increase in bi-weekly fixed insurance payments equivalent to amounts paid by similar city unions.

The union’s 310 members still need to vote to approve the terms.