The State Police Officers Council has come to an agreement with the state on a contract for next two years.
SPOC represents about 600 state employees including troopers with the Iowa State Patrol, special agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, state fire inspectors and agents, state conservation officers and state park rangers.
The new contract will go into effect July 1 and does not include an increase in base pay. Instead, it gives a one-time 1.5 percent bonus in July and January of fiscal years 2014 and 2015. It does include a merit-based step pay increase in both fiscal years.
Additionally, employees will be required to contribute 20 percent of their health insurance premium with an option to reduce that contribution to 15 percent if they participate in the state’s wellness program.
According to the union most employees have been contributing 15 percent for many years.
SPOC is the first of three groups in negotiations with the state to come to an agreement.
Governor Branstad commended negotiators and SPOC saying, “This was a good faith negotiation that was professionally handled by both sides…in the end, this agreement is a good result. The officers and staff have agreed to a contract that is equitable, will improve the health of their employees, and is a fair bargain for the taxpayers of Iowa.”
The contract is estimated to cost $5.9 million, with $4 million coming out of the state’s general fund.
State officials are still in negotiations with Iowa United Professionals and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents about 20,000 state workers.