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The North Providence Breeze 02-06-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE / THE VALLEY 9 a contract. FOP members voted 58-4 early in favor of the contract early last week. Neither side was providing a copy of the contract to The North Providence Breeze this week, saying the pact hadn't yet been made offi- cial. Lombardi and Jones were effu- sive in their praise of each other after coming to an agreement that gives police four annual pay increases. The five-year contract is retroactive going back to 2016, giv- ing police a zero percent increase in 2016 and then raises in each of the next four years. "Both sides bent a little bit," said Jones, and "I think it was a win for everybody." According to Jones, the increases were 4 percent each for three years and then another bump of 3.5 percent. He called it a "gracious offer" from the mayor after he and others carefully explained every- thing a police officer goes through to get and keep a job on the force. Today's officer receives extensive training "for that 1 percent of the time that something could hap- pen," he said, and each leaves for work not knowing whether they'll come home at night. "It's always been my position to try to work out a contract for the good men and women of the department," Lombardi responded, adding that the key change paving the way for a new contract was the election of Jones as FOP president last fall. Jones "does not want to be a politician," he said, and that was a marked difference from former FOP President Dennis Stone. "This did not take long once they held an election," he said. "The negotiations have been going on for quite some time, but because of the leadership there and the men- tality of the former leadership, it's cost members of that department time to receive some additional compensation." After taking over last year, Jones said he thought taking a more posi- tive approach could stretch beyond the benefit of having a better rela- tionship with leaders and the pub- lic. Less combativeness could lead to the union getting more of what it asks for in negotiations, he told The Breeze at the time. He didn't place all blame on any one person for an impasse that began in 2016, citing contentious relationships in the department under former Acting Chief Chris Pelagio. "I don't blame the mayor, I don't blame Stoney," he said then. The Pelagio situation "kind of forced the mayor to have to draw a line in the sand, as well as us." During an arbitration process, police continue to work under the same contract terms year after year. Ending the arbitration process and engaging in dialogue was an eye-opening move for Lombardi and good for police to be able to "explain reasons behind why we were asking for some of the things we asked for," said Jones. There's no doubt, he said, that Lombardi "spends the taxpayers' dollars like it's really his own," and that's good for the whole town. Lombardi said Monday that the biggest positive in this contract is that taxpayers won't be on the hook for giving large retroactive raises to anyone who retired in the last four years. "That saved us a great deal of money," he said. Police will also be contributing more to their health insurance, said the mayor. "It's a very, very fair agree- ment," he said. This agreement effectively gets rid of any linger- ing animosity and negativity, he added. "I think right now we're on a roll," he said. Also important, he said, was get- ting some common sense changes that Chief David Tikoian and Deputy Chief Arthur Martins had requested for greater efficiency in the department. 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