Union optimistic about pay plan
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Union approved one of the first pay raise proposals in years for officers Friday evening.
In a 232 to 201 vote, 54% of union members signed off on the city's plan that institutes between two and four percent raises for the police department.
"We're happy that it is approved, it's better than we have had before," union president Chris Stewart told WBRZ News 2 late Friday. "We are looking forward to moving ahead, but realize this is a short-term fix to a long-term problem," he added.
The contract lasts for twenty months, from April to the end of 2016.
Union members spent the day voting at the new police headquarters. Voting ended at 10 p.m.
An officer, new to the force but with some experience working the street makes about $32,300.
The mayor will introduce a pay raise for all city workers at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting.
Earlier this week, rank and file union members approved a 2% pay raise plan.
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