The Junction City Police Officers Association released a statement Monday expressing members’ displeasure with a wage offer made by the city of Junction City Thursday. The statement characterized it as a “lump of coal.”
Officials said the city has proposed to freeze the pay steps of all officers for the next three years, with a small pay increase, which the association said would be offset by the high cost of the increase of the officers’ health insurance.
The association is the exclusive bargaining representative of police officers of the rank of sergeant and below in the Junction City Police Department.
Officials said all police officers in the state of Kansas covered by collective bargaining agreements have stair-step pay systems, in which they receive annual step increases. They said if the union were to accept the city’s proposal, all wage steps would be frozen for five straight years.
The association said the measure would only encourage Junction City officers to find work elsewhere.
Officials said the parties have notified the Public Employee Relations Board of the impasse in negotiations and have requested the appointment of a mediator.