Portland police officers get new contract, but it already has expired

Posted Feb. 22, 2012, at 8:10 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The new contract received by a group of 31 Portland police officers Wednesday night promptly expired nearly two months ago.

The City Council at its Wednesday night meeting unanimously approved a one-year pact with the Police Superior Officers Benevolent Association. The union’s last contract expired Dec. 31, 2010, and its new agreement expired Dec. 31, 2011.

The contract includes a 1 percent wage increase for the now complete calendar year, and retroactively bumps the uniform allowance for the year from $200 to $250.

“It’s a very modest increase in a very difficult economic time,” said City Councilor Nicholas Mavodones.

City Manager Mark Rees told the council Wednesday night the proposed agreement is “consistent with other negotiated contracts” over the same time period, and the projected cost of the contract to the city is about $52,000.

“This is a catch-up agreement and we’ll be going forward in negotiations with a future contract,” Rees added.

The officers represented by the association are captains, lieutenants and sergeants.

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