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City, police reach collective bargaining agreement

Posted at 3:43 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 20:07:12-04

The Corpus Christi City Council reached a four-year collective bargaining agreement with Corpus Christi Police Officers Association during an executive session Tuesday.

The contract retroactively runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 23, 2023, and includes annual pay increases of 4.6 percent for the 2019-20 fiscal year; 2.1 percent for 2020-21 and 2021-22; and 2 percent in 2022-23. Those raises are adjusted for cost of living.

The POA also came out of the agreement with a different insurance plan for its officers.

It also includes a pay raise for seniority, and a new stipend for advanced certifications such as intermediate, advanced and master peace officer, and migrates officers and their dependents to a different health insurance plan. Officers previously were not paid for advanced certificates.

The city now will be responsible for only 30 percent of officers' cost of living contribution, as opposed to 70 percent, which will save the city $92 million in unfunded liability over 25 years and increases its funded ratio from 74 percent to 82 percent, which was one of its goals.

The city and the police officers' association have been negotiating throughout the summer.

"I think the mayor said it best, there is a compromise on both sides," said CCPOA President Scott Leeton. "We had main goals that we were striving, and we worked together to come up with a mutual agreement."