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Branstad releases statement on State Police Officers Council (SPOC) contract agreement

Press Release

Location: Des Moines, IA

Gov. Terry Branstad today commended negotiators from his administration and the State Police Officers Council (SPOC) on their contract agreement, which was ratified this afternoon.

The agreement includes the following:

Employees pay 20 percent of their health insurance premium
Implementation of a wellness program through which employees can decrease their employee contribution toward their health insurance premium
A one percent bonus in July and January in both FY 2014 and FY 2015 in lieu of increases in base pay
Implementation of merit-based step pay increases in each FY 2014 and FY 2015

"This was a good faith negotiation that was professionally handled by both sides," said Branstad. "In the end, this agreement is a good result. The officers and staff have agreed to a contract that is equitable, will improve the health of their employees, and is a fair bargain for the taxpayers of Iowa."

The total cost of the contract to all funds is estimated at $5.9 million, with $4 million of that amount coming from the state's general fund.

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