City of Somerville

Agenda Item

Requesting the appropriation of $2,335,038 from the Salary Contingency and Salary and Wage Stabilization Fund to various Police Department Personal Services Accounts to fund retroactive and FY17 wage provisions of the JLMC Police Employees Association.


Category:Mayor's RequestPurposes:Appropriation/Budget


  1. Order-SPD JLMC Decision (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  2. JLMC Decision POLICE Dec 2016

Official Text

Dear Honorable Board Members:


I hereby request the approval of your Honorable Board for an appropriation of $2,335,038 from the Salary Contingency Account Salaries ($750,000) and from the Salary and Wage Stabilization Fund ($1,585,038) to the below referenced Police Department Personal Services Accounts for the purpose of funding the retroactive and remaining FY2017 salary and wage related provisions of the recent Award and Decision of the Joint Labor Management Committee For Municipal Police And Fire, Case Number JLMC-14-4174, in the Matter of Arbitration Between the City of Somerville and the Somerville Police Employees Association.


Said appropriation of $2,335,038 is requested to be apportioned to the following Police Department Accounts:


Salaries-              $528,255              (Account # 511000)

Overtime-              $47,489              (Account # 513000)

Court Time-              $5,993              (Account # 514007)

Holidays-              $41,979              (Account # 515004)

5/2 Buyback-              $1,675              (Account # 519007)

Other Lump Sum Payments-              $1,709,647              (Account # 519013)


I have attached for your information a copy of the arbitration panel's decision. I have also attached a proposed Order for your consideration in this matter.


As always, my staff and I are available for any questions or concerns you may have in this case.


Respectfully submitted,


Joseph A. Curtatone


Meeting History

Jan 26, 2017 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting

City Solicitor Frank Wright described the JLMC decision on the contract with the Patrolmen's Union. The decision, issued on December 22, was for a 3-year contract, with wage increases of 2.5%, 2% and 2%. Educational incentives shall include officers hired after July 1, 2009 with more than 3, but less than 5, years of service who have received a degree in Criminal Justice, receiving 5% for an Associates, 10% for a Bachelors, and 12.5% for Masters or Law Degree. After 5 years, officers shall be eligible for 10%, 20% , or 25% depending on the degree. Officers already employed prior to July 1, 2009 shall be similarly eligible. Ballistic vests shall be worn by the officers as determined by the Chief. The Chief shall be allowed up to five professional picks for specialty assignments. Alcohol testing for officers shall have a standard of .04 and IT positions shall be civilianized. Not granted is hazardous duty pay, longevity, an increase in the detail rate, and the use of body cameras. Finance Director Ed Bean reported that the award would cost $2,335,038 through this fiscal year.

Feb 8, 2017 7:00 PM  Finance Committee Committee of the Whole

Mayor Curtatone and outside counsel, Phil Collins, distributed a document detailing the funding for the police officers. Under the agreement, a GPS system will be installed on all cruisers to improve public safety. The salary and wage stabilization fund current balance is just under $5.9 million. Alderman Niedergang asked about the “evergreen” clause in the police contract and Alderman Rossetti asked if the union had been asked their opinion on the new offer. Mr. McGrath, (from the SPD, was asked for his opinion of the offer and stated that he felt the offer was fair.

Feb 14, 2017 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
AYES:John M. Connolly, Mary Jo Rossetti, Dennis M. Sullivan, William A. White Jr., Maryann M. Heuston, Robert J. McWatters, Tony Lafuente, Mark Niedergang, Lance L. Davis
ABSENT:Matthew McLaughlin, Katjana Ballantyne