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Topeka City Council approves contracts for police, fire, teamsters

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 7:59 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka City Council approved new contracts for the city’s police, fire, and teamsters unions.

The council voted unanimously to approve the contracts for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local Union No. 83 and Teamsters Local No. 696, the union that represents street maintenance employees. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 3 contract passed 9-1.

Councilwoman Christina Valdivia-Alcala was the single no vote.

Councilmember Mike Padilla said, “It’s never a perfect finish. Everybody gets a little bit of what they want and doesn’t get some of what they need, or think they need.”

The new contract allows less serious offenses to be removed from an officer’s record after two years. However, suspensions of four days or more would remain in their personnel file for the duration of employment.

She said her constituents do not agree with those changes.

“To me, every type of disciplinary action because again, the level of responsibility they hold -- a badge, a gun, the ability to arrest, all of this -- that those things should stay in the file and follow that person wherever they go,” said Valdivia-Alcala.

The FOP and IAFF contracts include a pay raise, a one-time $3,000 bonus, and monthly additional pay for those with bachelor’s or master’s degrees..

Padilla said, “They’re all at heart trying to do the best for the city of Topeka and they understand the impact that they ask for with these contract negotiations. People live with them for the next three years at least and so oi think there is a real, good-faith effort to try and come to a reasonable agreement.”

“There’s just a sense, at least in the district that I serve, that sometimes there are those on TPD that aren’t listening and aren’t taking their concerns seriously. And that is a problem, and that is a deep concern that I have,” said Valdivia-Alcala.

Tuesday’s approval brings an end to a months-long impasse.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka City Council approved new contracts for the city’s police, fire, and teamsters unions.

Agreements passed last week were passed nearly unanimously, with only a single vote opposing the deal for the Fraternal Order of Police. That contract includes changes to procedures for disciplinary records and releasing body cam footage.

Tuesday’s approval brings an end to a months-long impasse.

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