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.