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Dec 8, 2011 5:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Approves New PBA Contract

Dec 14, 2011 1:20 PM

After threats of arbitration, the Westhampton Beach Village Board voted last week to approve a new three-year contract for members of the Westhampton Beach Police Benevolent Association (PBA).

The vote was unanimous, save Village Trustee Hank Tucker, who was not present.

The contract awards PBA members, who have been working without a contract since June 2009, 2 percent annual raises, according to Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller. The contract is retroactive to June 1, 2009, and expires on May 31, 2012.

To cover their raises over the past two-and-a-half years, officers will receive sign-in bonuses ranging from $6,000 and $9,000, depending on their positions. Starting in January, officers will see their salaries increase by 6 percent.

The mayor pointed out during last week’s board meeting, held last Wednesday, December 7, that both sides will have to sit down at the negotiation table again early in the new year.

Another highlight of the PBA contract is a $400 increase in the amount that officers receive for night duty. Language changes in the new contract, Mr. Teller added, focus specifically on issues involving officers who are suspended and more clearly defines certain phrasing with an eye toward cutting back on the number of future grievances.

The mayor added that he was happy to avoid arbitration, noting that both sides had one meeting with an outside arbitrator before ironing out the accord. “A negotiated contract is far better than a mandate handed down by an outside agency,” Mr. Teller said. “I think we got a very fair deal.”

Arbitration, he added, ends up being costly on both sides.

New PBA President Steve McManus, who was elected on December 6 and succeeds Jeff Speer who opted not to run again, said he was pleased with the terms of the deal. “I’m glad we could reach an agreement with the mayor,” he said.

The 13 members of the Westhampton Beach PBA—all full-time police officers—have been working under the terms of their old contract since it expired, and have not received raises since 2009. The PBA does not include the village’s part-time officers, dispatchers and police chief.

New contracts for the village’s dispatchers were also approved last week. A letter of understanding was signed for public safety dispatchers Kathleen Barosa and Jeffrey Frano. Both will also receive 2 percent annual raises. Mr. Frano’s contract will commence on the date it is signed and is valid through May 31, 2014. Ms. Barosa’s contract is retroactive to June 10, 2010, and runs through May 31, 2013.

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Im sure the Mayor gave it away again. Did they order a takeout buffet from Waldbaums to celebrate?
By realistic (472), westhampton on Dec 9, 11 9:26 AM
What is going on with Hank Tucker never showing up? I don't remember electing him to a part-time position.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Dec 9, 11 9:44 AM
The one guy who i think speaks his mind, doesn't follow the pack, and has the good go the Village in mind. I'm sure there is a good reason.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Dec 9, 11 8:08 PM