- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Newport’s City Council has approved two labor contracts that will provide the city’s police officers with pay raises of 10 percent over four years.

The Newport Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/IX5CG ) the council voted 5-1 in favor of the pacts, one retroactive from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The other runs until June 30, 2017.

The increase in salaries to active police officers will be $1.26 million over the contracts’ four years.

City and union officials had said hurdles to reaching an agreement were the city’s proposed changes to the police officers’ contributions to their pension plan and health insurance costs.

The contracts require the city to maintain a force of at least 78 police officers, which is the current number.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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