Here’s some information you might want before heading into Town Meeting tonight. According to contracts ratified last week and approved by the Board of Selectmen, Southborough police, fire and DPW workers won’t be getting raises this year. They will see pay increases in the remaining two years of their 3-year contracts.
Word is the teacher contract was also ratified last week, but the school committee has yet to meet to vote on it, so full details haven’t been made public. Superintendent Charles Gobron did confirm teachers agreed to increase their health insurance contribution from 20 to 25 percent to match that of municipal employees, and said they would receive a “small cost of living increase” over the next three years in exchange.
The Southborough (K-8) School Committee is expected to meet on Thursday to vote on the teacher contract.
According to their new contract, police officers will receive a 1.5 percent pay increase over the next three years, with no increase coming this year. A 0.5 percent increase will be paid out in the second year of the contract, and a 1 percent increase in the third. The police union gave up their sick day buy-back provision. The contract calls for Quinn funding by the town as an educational incentive.
Firefighters will see a 2.5 percent salary increase over the next three years, with no pay increase this year under their new contract. A 1 percent increase will be awarded in the second year of the contract, with a total of 1.5 percent paid out in the third. New employees will not get a sick day buy-back option.
Like their police and fire counterparts, DPW workers will see no pay increase this year. They will receive a 1 percent increase in the second year of their contract, along with a 1 percent increase at the beginning and again at the end of the third year. Cemetery overtime has been curtailed.