EDISON – Edison police officers have reached agreement with the township on a five-year contract calling for annual pay raises between 1.5 and 2.5 percent.
The council passed the deal by a 4-3 vote last week. Mayor Antonia Ricigliano said that the contract is fair, and supporters noted that it is less generous than previous contracts.
The council members who voted against the contract wanted more givebacks from the police. “This is a very generous contract if you are in the police department,” said Councilman Wayne Mascola. “It’s way too much for an already too-highly paid police department.”
The average Edison police officer makes approximately $108,000 per year. Under the new deal, police will receive a 2.25 percent retroactive raise since they have been working without a contract since Jan. 1, 2009. They will receive a 1.5 percent raise on Dec. 1, 2010. They will receive 2.5 percent raises on Jan. 1, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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