Mass. cops settle contract, will get pay increase
New hires will not be offered the more expensive medical plan
By Jennifer Myers
LOWELL -- The city and the 230-member Lowell Police Patrolmen's Union have reached a contract settlement, concluding more than three years of negotiations.
Under the terms of the agreement, the patrolmen, whose contract expired June 30, 2007, will receive an 8 percent pay increase effective July 1, 2010. The increase averages out to 2 percent per year. However, there is no retroactive pay included.