A controversial pension agreement — agreed to by the union executive board, and approved after hours of debate by the RTM — has been rejected by Westport police officers.
Under the agreement, current employees would pay 40% of the cost of their health insurance at the time of retirement. That amount would be frozen.
New hires (as of July 1, 2017) would be required to pay 40% of the cost of health insurance, and would not be frozen.
The retirement age would rise to 52, from 49.
A union representative called the margin of defeat “overwhelming.”
“I remain confident that we can reach an agreement which continues to provide excellent retirement benefits consistent with the fiscal challenges the Town faces today and in the future,” Marpe added.
“I know I reflect the opinion of all Westport residents when I express my appreciation for the dedication, bravery and professionalism that our police officers exhibit every day in protecting and serving our community.”