JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council approved an agreement with The Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association for the years from 2018 through 2020 during its City Council meeting Monday evening.
The union approved the contract last week, according to the resolution adopted by the Council. Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says the new contract includes retroactive 2% raises for police officers for all three years, as well as an increased contribution to the City’s health insurance plan by union members starting in 2021.
Sundquist discussed the agreement during the meeting. The Mayor says that the deal came after more than a year of talks.
“Myself and my team, along with the Kendall Club, have worked very hard over the last year and three, almost four, months to try and resolve the back contract negotiations since coming into office,” Sundquist said. “With a lot of hard work and persistence on both sides, I am proud to say we have reached an agreement covering the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.”
“I am thrilled that our negotiation team has won hard-fought retroactive raises for our members,” Kendall Club President Sam Piazza said in a statement. “I appreciate that the City put forth a good faith effort to get a deal done. I hope that these positive relations can propel us forward to work towards a fair, current contract.”
“I am very happy that the administration and the members of the Kendall club have successfully negotiated a fair and equitable contract,” Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Tim Jackson added. “The Police Department’s mission to deliver a high quality of life, crime prevention, and professionalism are our top priorities.”