As part of on-going negotiations, the Cherokee City Council has issued its initital annual labor contract proposal to the Cherokee Policeman's Association for fiscal year 2007-2008.
The city's proposal calls for a 25-cents per hour wage increase, a 25-cents per hour shift differential for nightime hours worked from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., an increase in a Sergeant's differential over Patrolman's base pay by $250 per year, employees to pay 10-percent of medical insurance premium, and new hires to pay 10-percent of single medical insurance premium and 100-percent of dependent coverage.
The city's proposal also calls for no change in life insurance benefit, no paid uniform/care maintenance, no change in longevity steps, and no change in longevity pay.
In the Cherokee Policeman's Association's initial labor contract proposal, the union seeks a six-percent increase in the current wage scale; and increase in life insurance policy to a $50,000 death benefit; city-paid uniform care and maintenance; extended longevity steps from 15 years to 24 years; a change in the logevity pay steps from 25-50 cents, 30-75 cents, and 35-$1; a shift differential pay of 50-cents per hour for working the nightime hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.; and an increase in Sergeant's differential over Patrolman's base pay by $500 per year.
The Association also said it would consider a multi-year labor contract versus the current one-year contract as has been now and in the past, a request the City Council has said it would consider.
The association's labor contract negotiator in officer Brad Nelson. The City negotiators include city attorney Wally Miller Jr., mayor Dennis Henrichs, and councilman Bob Leach. Sgt. Curt Moye is president of the Cherokee Policeman's Association.