Union Contract Update: Local 260 Accepts Previously Announced State Contract Proposal
Concord, NH – Today, Local 260 of the New England Police Benevolent Association, representing New Hampshire Liquor Investigators, has accepted the State's contract proposal. Following the agreement, which comes just hours after the release of the Fact Finder's report, Governor Sununu issued the following statement:
"I am pleased to announce that the State and Local 260 have reached a compromise contract agreement," said Governor Chris Sununu. "The deal reached between the two parties is a fair, balanced approach that provides for the New Hampshire Liquor Investigators represented by Local 260, while protecting the interests of the State's taxpayers."
The tentative agreement includes a 1.16% wage increase in both 2020 and 2021, with nearly $11 million in additional benefits.
Additionally, under the proposal the State agreed to absorb increased costs associated with the following health care benefits: a 6.1% increase in Active HMO Health Plan rates, a 7.0% increase in Active POS Health Plan rates, a 10.7% increase in NHTA HMO and POS Plan rates, a 2.5% increase in Active Dental Plan rates, and a 4.0% increase in Non-Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Plan rates.
The tentative agreement also includes hazardous duty pay, a benefit not previously included in Local 260's contract; expands insurance coverage to cover developmental disorders for children; changes to step therapy; and expands employee discounts at State recreational areas to allow a discount for one guest.
NOTE: Earlier today, union negotiators refused the State's proposal that included all but one item in the Fact Finder's report. Read earlier release with additional information.