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CITY OF HARTFORD ANNOUNCES NEW POLICE UNION CONTRACT WITH $2 MILLION IN SHORT TERM SAVINGS, LONG TERM STRUCTURAL CHANGES

CITY OF HARTFORD ANNOUNCES NEW POLICE UNION CONTRACT WITH $2 MILLION IN SHORT TERM SAVINGS, LONG TERM STRUCTURAL CHANGES

HARTFORD, CONN (December 12, 2017) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced the City of Hartford has entered into a new contract with the Hartford Police Union (HPU).  Last night, the City Council unanimously approved a Tentative Agreement, following ratification of the contract by the membership of the HPU last Friday, December 8th, 2017.  This contract will save the City nearly $2 million in the current fiscal year, more than $3.6 million next year, and approximately $4 million per year by Fiscal Year 2020, for a total of more than $17 million over the life of the contract.  The contract also makes structural changes to reduce long-term liabilities, including significant increases in employee pension and healthcare contributions and significant changes to pension and healthcare benefits.

“This agreement with the Hartford Police Union is the result of long, tough negotiations, and represents another big step toward our goal of fiscal stability for our Capital City,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I want to thank Hartford Police Union President Sergeant Szewczyk, Vice President Officer Sherbo, and the Executive Committee for their leadership and partnership.  The outstanding members of the Hartford Police Department put themselves at risk every day to keep our city safe, and I am grateful to them for ratifying a contract that not only provides millions of dollars of immediate savings, but also makes significant long-term structural reforms to healthcare, pension contributions, and long-term pension benefits.

“I am grateful to leadership of the Hartford Police Union as well as the members of the Hartford Police Department for agreeing to this fair contract,” said Council President Thomas “TJ” Clarke II.  “Last night the City Council unanimously approved the contract, and I believe this represents another significant step forward in our mission to put our City on a stable long-term path.”

The term of the contract is July 1, 2016 and through June 30, 2022.  The contract provides for zero general wage increases for the first four fiscal years of the contract term.  Pension contributions will increase by 3% of payroll for all employees immediately, and healthcare contributions will increase by approximately 50% over the course of the contract.  Health insurance benefits will shift from a preferred provider organization (PPO) plan to a high deductible health care plan with a health savings account.

For new hires, the contract caps pension payments at 70% of base pay, a significant change from current pensions, and eliminates City-funded retiree health insurance.

There are structural changes to sick leave accrual and payout, both for current members and new hires.  Current members will have a lower cap on maximum accrual and payout at time of retirement.  New hires would have a maximum sick leave accrual of 80 days, and would not receive any payout of accrued sick leave.

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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW APPLICATION WINDOW TO JOIN HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW APPLICATION WINDOW TO JOIN HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

HARTFORD, CONN (December 11, 2017) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the Hartford Police Department has opened an application window for both Hartford residents and non-residents interested in joining the police force.  Applications will be accepted from today, December 11th, 2017 through January 5th, 2018.  There are separate applications for residents and non-residents available through one website: PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT. 

“We’ve placed a high priority on recruiting the next generation of Hartford police officers, and I encourage anyone interested in a career in community-oriented law enforcement to apply,” said Mayor Bronin.  “This will be the fourth class of recruits in the last two years, after many years in which the City failed to recruit any new police officers.  We’ve also worked hard to identify outstanding recruits and to increase the diversity of our recruit classes, so that our force better reflects the community it serves.”

The Police Department has fielded three new police classes since Mayor Bronin took office in January 2016.  Together, those classes have included approximately 50 recruits, approximately half of whom are Black or Hispanic.

Mayor Bronin encourages anyone interested in applying to submit their application and required documentation online at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT, in person, or by mail to the City of Hartford, Human Resources Department, 550 Main Street, Room 3, Hartford, CT 06103.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application, and possess a high school diploma or GED, as well as a valid driver’s license.  Applicants will face an examination process consisting of a physical ability test, a written test, and an oral test.  To be appointed, candidates must also pass a drug test, a background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, an interview with the Chief of Police, a physical examination, and a working test/probationary period of one year after graduation from the Police Academy.  All parts of the examination are designed to determine the ability of applicants to learn and perform the duties of a Police Officer in a multi-cultural, diverse environment.

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TOMORROW AT 10 AM: MAYOR BRONIN ACTIVATES SNOW PARKING BAN

TOMORROW AT 10 AM: MAYOR BRONIN ACTIVATES SNOW PARKING BAN

HARTFORD, CONN. (December 8, 2017) – Mayor Luke Bronin has activated a snow parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 10 A.M. on Saturday, December 9th and ending at 10 A.M on Sunday, December 10th.

“At this point we expect that tomorrow’s snow storm will bring between 3 and 6 inches of snow this weekend,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “We expect snowfall to begin around 8 AM and continue throughout the day and into the night.  A parking ban will allow us to get the streets cleared, and it is essential that all residents and visitors respect the parking ban so that our Public Works team can work quickly and safely.” 

During a snow parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed.  Residents without access to off-street parking may move their vehicles to one of the authorized parking areas including Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers, and Hartford Public Schools parking lots by the start of the parking ban at 10 A.M. on Saturday, December 9th.

To notify the public a parking ban is in effect, sixteen major intersections will be illuminated with blue light beginning 6 hours before the parking ban and they will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban.

Eleven Blue Light Lots are dedicated solely for use during snow parking bans.  These designated Blue Light Lots will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.

Vehicles must be removed from City Blue Light Lots within six hours after the snow parking ban has been lifted.  Vehicles must be removed from Hartford Public Schools lots within two hours.

Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at http://www.hartford.gov/emergency-services. “We encourage residents to sign up for these alerts so that they can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.  We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe.”

To avoid being ticketed and towed, please move all on street cars to the following list of authorized parking areas:

Blue Light Lots

  • 130 Sisson Ave
  • 2404 Main St
  • 135 Main St
  • 50 Curcombe St
  • 20 Francis Ct
  • 547 Park St
  • 60 Chadwick St
  • 45 Evergreen Ave
  • 11 Flower St
  • Sigourney and Homestead
  • Learning Corridor Parking Garage - Brownell St Entrance

City Parks and Centers

  • Colt Park – Warwarme St Lot                
  • Elizabeth Park – Asylum St Lot                 
  • Elizabeth Park – Prospect Ave Lot          
  • Goodwin Park – Hubbard Ave Lot          
  • Goodwin Park – Maple Ave Golf Course Lot    
  • Keney Park – Woodland St Lot 
  • Keney Park – Ridgefield St Lot
  • Rocky Ridge Park – Zion St Lot
  • Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park – Ansonia St Lot
  • Foster Heights Park – Amherst St Lot
  • Holcomb Health and Human Services Campus - 2 Holcomb St Lot
  • North End Senior Center - 80 Coventry St Lot
  • Parker Memorial Community Center - 2621 Main St
  • Metzner Recreation Center – 680 Franklin Av
  • Samuel Valentin Arroyo Recreation Center – 30 Pope Park Dr

All Hartford District School Parking Lots

  • For a complete list of schools click HERE

Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. Please visit http://www.hartford.gov/ for more information.

 

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