Portland police, city agree on new contract

Posted Dec. 25, 2010, at 12:45 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police and the city have agreed on a new contract nearly six months after the old one expired.

The 125 officers and detectives in the Police Benevolent Association will get pay raises of 1.5 percent for the first year, which covers July 2010 to June 2011. They will receive 1 percent for the final six months of the agreement, which ends in December 2011.

Union President Eric Nevins tells the Portland Press Herald that the union had a no-layoff clause in its last contract because it knew there was no chance of a raise, given the city’s financial position at the time. He said the new contract lacks that protection.