The writer is Glenn Collins, a Lawrence Township resident who sits on the township's Planning Board.
Monday, January 21
Dear Editor: While I don’t always agree with decisions made and actions taken by our township government, I have to acknowledge Township Manager Rich Krawczun’s recent negotiation with our local police union. Given the state of our economy, as well the FOP’s reputation for being difficult when it comes to contracts, I believe that Mr. Krawczun secured the best possible deal for the taxpayers. The benefit time cap, shift changes, short-term limit on salary increases and longevity pay freeze are positive steps that will aid in stabilizing a local budget that has far too many challenges. Mr. Krawczun’s work to get Lawrence over this particular public employee hurdle is an example of doing what is necessary, which is exactly what the …
Lawrence Township's new three-year labor agreement with its police officers was approved by township council last week. Here's a look at some of the more important details of that contract.
A resolution ratifying Lawrence Township’s new labor contract with its police officers, as previously reported, was approved by township council last week. Presented here, then, is a detailed look at that agreement, based on the PowerPoint presentation given by Township Manager Richard Krawczun during the council’s meeting on Jan. 8. (That presentation, along with full audio from the meeting, can be found in the media box to the right. Discussion of the new contract begins at the 10:22 mark of Audio Part 3.) The new contract, negotiated with the police officers’ collective bargaining unit, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 209, covers both rank-and-file officers and superior officers for the three-year period running Jan. 1, 2013, …