Governor John Lynch today announced the state has reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with the New Hampshire Troopers Association and the New England Police Benevolent Association that will help achieve the $50 million in personnel-related savings required by the state budget. Earlier today the Governor announced a tentative contract agreement with the State Employees Association.
"I am very pleased we have been able to reach tentative agreements with the Troopers and NEPBA that will help us achieve significant budget savings, maintain public safety and help avoid major, widespread layoffs. This was a cooperative process, resulting in a good agreement for our public employees and taxpayers," Gov. Lynch said.
"The Benevolent Association has reached tentative contract agreements with the State of New Hampshire. The employees recognized the mandates required by the legislature and made generous concessions to assist the state in these tough economic times," said Ronald Scaccia, NEPBA NH State Director and Chief State Negotiator. "The NEPBA is appreciative of the Governor's office and the State's team led by assistant Secretary of State Tom Manning in finalizing the contracts through the next biennium."
The NEPBA represents the New Hampshire Department of Corrections officers, Fish and Game superior officers, Fish and Game officers, Probation and Parole chiefs, Probation and Parole officers and Liquor Enforcement investigators.
"I am pleased we have reached a tentative agreement, one that helps the state achieve the mandate set by the legislature and recognizes the difficult economic times we are in, while protecting public safety. This agreement demonstrates that collective bargaining works to protect the interests of both workers and taxpayers," said Troopers Association President Seth Cooper.
The terms of the agreement must be accepted by the members of the Troopers Association and NEPBA before they can take effect.