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Thursday, October 8, 2015

A new agreement made between the City of Lockport and the Lockport Police Department union will put departmental officers back on eight-hour work days, as well as make changes in incoming officers' health care.

The Hickory Club and the city had made an agreement in principle nearly two years ago, following the expiration of the police union agreement at the end of 2012, but the deal was never signed by embattled mayor Mike Tucker — or Mayor Anne McCaffrey, who took his place.

The contract the Lockport Common Council agreed to Wednesday night runs through 2023, providing 1.5 percent raises for union employees twice a year in 2017 and 2018, then a 2 percent annual raise from 2019 to the end of the agreement.

It requires new union members to pay 15 percent of health care costs. Current members are grand-fathered in with 100 percent of health care being paid by the city.

It also calls for six new hires — and once those hires are made, it calls for the return of eight-hour days, from the department's current 12-hour work days.

The deal was ratified by both the union and the Common Council.

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