Posted by Lehigh Valley Ramblings.

At their Monday night meeting, Bethlehem Township Commissioners unanimously approved labor contracts with two of the three unions representing their workforce. Three-year deals were approved for both the 25 road crew and 32 police officers that will cover their salary and benefits over the next three years. A contract with a third union representing about 10 clerical employees is still in negotiation.

The road crew, members of AFSCME District Council 88, will see their wages rise by one, two and three percent in each of the next three years. A truck driver earning $54,100 a year will see payhikes over the next three years of $541, $1,102 and $1,706.

Police officers will see salaries rise over the next three years by 2.75, 3 and 3.5 per cent. A Senior Patrol Officer earning $75,878 per year will see pay increases of $2,087 in 2018, $2,339 in 2019 and $2,810 in 2020.

Both unions have agreed to contribute more to the cost of their health insurance. There’s currently a $50 monthly co-pay for single coverage and $100 for family coverage. Starting in 2020, that monthly co-pay will increase to $75 for single and $150 for family coverage.

In 2018, the average individual medical premium is projected at $11,859. For families, it is $28,432.

These contracts were negotiated over a period of about three months.

Township administrators will see a two per cent raise.

In other business, Commissioners approved a survey of township residents that will be mailed and also appear online. The survey will educate Commissioners on numerous quality of life issues as well as continued participation in the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Over Malissa Davis’ objection, Commissioners voted to remove a question that would have polled residents about a single hauler for trash.