SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 20, 2013

Wenham reaches three-year deal with police, call firefighters

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — WENHAM — The town has reached new contract agreements with its police and call firefighters.

The new three-year deals for the town’s Police Benevolent Association and Call Firefighters Association begin July 1. Selectmen unanimously approved both contracts at their June 4 meeting.

The Police Benevolent Association penned a deal that calls for a 1.5 percent increase for next fiscal year and then 2.25 percent increases for the remaining two years. The contract averages to an increase of 2 percent a year, town officials said.

“This multiyear collective-bargaining agreement provides a solid foundation for our public safety needs into the future,” said selectmen Chairman Ken Whittaker in a statement.

“I believe that a strong labor management partnership enabled us to reach this multiyear agreement in a fair, equitable and consistent manner,” said Sgt. Jon Gray, president of the police association.

The Call Firefighters Association’s new three-year deal calls for a 2 percent increase each year.

“We are excited to have this three-year agreement in hand and ahead of schedule,” said Gary P. Blaney, president of the call firefighters union.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.