New England Police Benevolent Association Local 191 in Shrewsbury Massachusetts ended nearly a yearlong of contract negotiations when on Tuesday January 24 the Shrewsbury Board of Selectman ratified a contract with the patrol officers’ union that includes pay increases totaling 6 percent over three years.

The successor contract with the New England Police Benevolent Association Local 191 is effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019. It affects 34 patrol officers.

The Shrewsbury Police Union started the negotiation process with their previous union the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and had very little luck making any progress with the IBPO representing them at the negotiation table. In the Summer of 2016 the Shrewsbury Police Union filed a petition with the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations to disaffiliate with IBPO and to join the New England Police Benevolent Association, Inc. Immediately New England PBA got to work to negotiating this 3 year contract deal for the hard working officers of Shrewsbury.  The members of the Shrewsbury Police Patrolmen’s Union, NEPBA Local 191 voted to ratify a new 3 year agreement back in November. “I am very pleased about the outcome of these negotiations and that the Board of Selectman ratified this agreement. The local and Town Manager worked very well together during these negotiations” Said New England Police Benevolent Association State Director Sean R. McArdle.

The wages in the contract calls for a 2 percent pay increase retroactive to July 1 last year and 1 percent increases on July 1 each year through 2019. It also provides for a 38-cents-per-hour step increase, effective July 1, 2019, for officers with 10 years of service, and it modifies the shift differential by $1 per shift for evening shifts and $2 per shift for overnight shifts.

“I am very pleased with the hard work and their professionalism from New England PBA – and especially the hard work of State Director Sean McArdle has done on our behalf” said NEPBA Local 191 President David Faucher. “I would like to personally thank the New England PBA for their service to my Union and appreciated all hard work & time the New England PBA put in on this contract.”