City and Mill Creek Police Officers’ Guild Agree to Three-Year Contract

City of Mill Creek and Mill Creek Police Officers’ Guild Agree to Three-Year Contract
Posted on 02/28/2018
The City of Mill Creek has reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Mill Creek Police Officers’ Guild. The City Council approved the agreement at its Feb. 27 meeting. The agreement is for the term running Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have negotiated this new contract so quickly,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “The Guild’s bargaining team was extremely professional and committed to focusing on key issues. Both sides agreed to put reasonable offers on the table from the get-go and worked collaboratively to achieve consensus.”

The new contract provides all commissioned officers with a 3-percent increase in each year of the agreement. The 3-percent increase for 2018 is already budgeted in the City’s 2017-2018 biennium budget and does not require a budget amendment. The agreement also includes a $1,000 signing bonus, which is offset by the reduction in legal fees by avoiding prolonged negotiations.

“The City was a pleasure to work with,” said Corporal Jesse Mack, who is the Police Officers’ Guild president. “The Guild appreciates the City’s fairness and open-mindedness throughout the negotiations process.”

The updated agreement includes nominal language changes for clarification, as well as structural additions that didn’t previously exist.

“We are all pleased to come to this agreement” said Chief Greg Elwin. “By concluding contract negotiations in a timely manner, we are now positioned to move forward with new and innovative measures for the growth and development of the department.”