CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association (CPPA), the union representing more than 1,400 police officers, has announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the city of Cleveland.
The CPPA posted a letter to its membership on social media with a link to the proposed agreement. The letter states that discussions on the agreement will be held next Wednesday at the union's directors and general membership meetings.
In an email to 3News, a spokesperson for Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb confirmed the tentative agreement, but did not provide any details.
"We have reached a tentative agreement with the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association. We (the city) are honoring the process and letting the union circulate it with their members first before sharing the details publicly," said city of Cleveland spokesperson Sarah Johnson.
The tentative agreement features the following noteworthy items:
- Pay increase: Officers will receive a 2% raise in both 2023 and 2024.
- CPPA members will receive a 12th paid holiday day each year, with Juneteenth now added.
- Employees will be subject to discipline, including termination, if found to have used illegal drugs or misused alcohol following a test.
- Employees who are in the Ohio National Guard or serve in the reserves of the U.S. armed forces can take a leave of absence without a loss of pay.
In April of this year, officers received both a 5% equity adjustment and a 2% raise. Under the terms of the tentative agreement, a patrol officer with five years of experience would earn a base salary of $73,868 next year, with a raise to $75,345 in 2024. Meanwhile, a police trainee would see their pay go from $15 to $16 an hour upon ratification, with an increase to $16.50 per hour in 2024.
If ratified, the new agreement would be in place through March 31, 2025.