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Newport,Police Union Agree On 4-Year Contracts

Newport and the police union have reached agreement on two labor contracts that would provide pay raises of 10 percent over four years.

The Newport Daily News reports that the City Council postponed voting on the proposed contracts. One is retroactive from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. The other pact is for July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017.

The increase in salaries to active police officers will be $1.26 million over the contracts' four years.

City and union officials had said hurdles to reaching an agreement were the city's proposed changes to the police officers' contributions to their pension plan and health insurance costs.

The contracts require the city to maintain at least 78 police officers, the current number.

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