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    We are in the finale year of our current contract, and are looking for ideas for the next.

    The department is short on money as our tax increase lost in November, so we know a big raise is out of the question. So we are looking to increase things like vacation time, health insurance (now a 60/40 split) etc.

    If you were faced with this situation, what would you look to get in place of a raise?

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    Educational incentives, training incentives, comp time, paid time off, a few things here and there are good all around. Keep that insurance payment though, 'cuz insurance is expensive and if you give up even 1% it's a lot of money, 60-40 isn't too bad.
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    Anything you can to add to your retirement benefits...inrease pension base, and/or health care for retirees (at least to MediCare age.)

    Maybe they can even pay part of your pension contribution. Technically not a raise, but more cash in your pocket.

    These are things that could have a minor financial impact, but bigger benefits in the end.

    Think about this also. If your city is truly having a budget crisis and if you get away with renewing your contract w/out losing anything you're still gonna come out a winner.


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    Thanks brothers!

    Educational incentives, training incentives, comp time, paid time off, a few things here and there are good all around. Keep that insurance payment though, 'cuz insurance is expensive and if you give up even 1% it's a lot of money, 60-40 isn't too bad.
    I like the education/training incentives idea but what do you mean by "incentive"? The department will give you PTO and pay for the classes (most of the time). Did you have something else in mind?

    As for the insurance, It was supposed to be 75/25 split with 50 split on increases. Problem is now, with the increases, its closed to 60/40. We are looking to "lock in" the 75/25 regardless of increase.

    Anything you can to add to your retirement benefits...inrease pension base, and/or health care for retirees (at least to MediCare age.)
    We are on the state pension, with "0" contribution from us, so we dont want to mess with that Health care for retirees is good. I think now they can still be on the department plan, but they have to pay more. But its still less then if they went out on there own. Maybe we could go for the same 75/25 split?

    Think about this also. If your city is truly having a budget crisis and if you get away with renewing your contract w/out losing anything you're still gonna come out a winner.
    Oh we are, no debating that but your correct. My concern is the increase in the health insurance. I have no problem staying were I am money wise, but we cant go backwards

    Any other ideas????
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    We use that system except that it is called merit incentive. Every point is worth $28.00 . You get points based onthe number of hours of schooling. 1 8hr class is worth 1/15th of a point. 1 college semester hr is worth 1 pts. an associates degree is worth 25pts a BS is worth 35 and worth 50 if a fire science major. we also get 1pt for each yr of service plus points for yearly reveiw up to 6 and so on.We can accumulate up to 200pts if you have a assoc.and 120 pts without. this all goes into your base pay and ot is figured on that. And the better part is the town pays or reimburses for the schooling.Nice chunk of change.

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