Troopers Give Up Pay Supplements

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Vermont state troopers are giving up some pay supplements in exchange for a study that could boost their pay in the long run.

They’ve ratified their first one-year contract since the Vermont Troopers Association broke away from the larger Vermont State Employees’ Association last fall.

Troopers Association President Mike O’Neil said Tuesday that union members will give up step raises and bonuses for passing fitness tests due to the state’s tough fiscal situation.

Meanwhile, the troopers and administration have agreed to study pay for other police officers in Vermont and New England with an eye to bringing Vermont troopers up to par in the long term. They currently get between $14 and $28 per hour in base pay, depending on experience.

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