USF, campus police reach contract deal
The wrangling is over. USF officials and the union representing campus police officers have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that will, among other things, raise officer's starting salaries by nearly $3,000 a year.
The agreement follows months of tense negotiations that recently stalled when USF officials declared an impasse.
Police Benevolent Association officials will present the contract to members for ratification on Wednesday, and then the contract goes to USF trustees for final approval.
“We had the best and strongest package in the State University System because we believe our initiative to strengthen campus safety is critical,” said USF President Judy Genshaft in a prepared statement. “We believe this new contract will make the University more competitive with other police agencies in the area.”
“We are pleased that the University of South Florida and the Police Benevolent Association have reached a tentative agreement,” said Greg Stout, President of the Tampa Chapter of the PBA. “Campus safety is our number one priority and with this agreement we are on the way to attracting and retaining quality law enforcement to the University. This agreement is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of both negotiation teams with special thanks to Sandy Lovins of USF and Attorney Robert McCabe of the PBA.”
The salary boost will take effect immediately.