Police, security officers reach four-year agreement with Temple
Temple University and the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, Local 511, have agreed to a four-year contract that provides a 3 percent across-the-board wage increase each year for the entire bargaining unit and an additional, market-scale adjustment for the police officers in each year of the agreement.
The membership of Local 511 ratified the agreement by a vote of 58 to 52 on Feb. 27, the day before the previous contract expired. The bargaining unit represents 146 police officers and security officers on Temple’s campuses.
“A safe and secure environment is essential for the University to offer high-quality education, research, and campus-life experiences,” President David Adamany said in announcing the new agreement, which expires Feb. 28, 2010. “We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that recognizes and values the essential work of our police officers and security officers and also acknowledges the financial constraints facing the University.”
Beginning in the first year of the contract, the University will increase its contributions to the union’s defined contribution pension plan by 0.75 percent.
Beginning in the first year and also in the third year, there will be increases in the employee contribution toward health-coverage premiums.
Among its other provisions, the new contract provides access to Temple’s newly designed Employee Assistance Program launched on Jan. 1, 2005; increases the probationary period for new security officers from 90 to 120 days and police officers from 90 to 180 days; abbreviates the grievance procedure to two steps; and establishes an expedited arbitration procedure.