2/10/2021 - City of Hackensack and Police Union Reach New Collective Bargaining Agreement

At last night's council meeting, the Mayor and Council passed two resolutions memorializing a new collective bargaining agreement between the City of Hackensack and the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association's Local #9, the local police union chapter representing over 100 of the City's sworn police officers. 

The most significant change to the collective bargaining agreement is a new work schedule for

patrol officers, which has not been updated since 1996. Officers will move from 11 hours to 12-hour work tours with consistent start/end times. Employees will alternately work for 16 days of 8-day shifts, followed by 16 days of 8-night shifts or vice versa. Officers will maintain a consistent start time throughout any eight-day cycle. The new schedule will take effect July 1, 2021.

Some additional highlights of the collective bargaining agreement include:

  • A 5 year agreement, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025. 

  • A 2.75% salary increase, consistent with similar agreements in municipalities throughout Bergen County and the State of New Jersey.

  • Major modifications to the employee healthcare plan resulting in substantial savings for the City and taxpayers over the life of the contract, without sacrificing coverage or quality of care for the City's public servants.

Mayor John Labrosse said, "The new collective bargaining agreement between the City of Hackensack and Local PBA#9 is a win-win for the City and our police department. A new work schedule will help keep officers safe and healthy by maintaining consistent start times/end times. It will also improve community relations as residents will see their officers out in the community consistently throughout their day and night. Residents will be able to get to know their patrol officer and their schedule, allowing our residents and officers to develop close personal and trusting relationships."

More information on the collective bargaining agreement, including the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), are located on the City's website at www.hackensack.org.

This collective bargaining agreement is in line with the Labrosse administration's goals of increasing transparency and accountability in the City's police department and its commitment to strengthening police-community relations. This past summer, The Mayor and Council first announced its participation in the "Mayor's Pledge," an advocacy initiative by the Obama Foundation and the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, calling on elected officials across the country to commit to review use of force policies and adopt necessary reforms. 

A comprehensive review led by City Manager Ted Ehrenburg concluded that police use of force complaints had been steadily declining in Hackensack in recent years. The City's police department took the necessary measures to prevent negative encounters and investigate any instances of force used. The data shows that one use of force complaint was filed each year in 2018 and 2019, and no complaints were filed thus far in 2020.

The City has also purchased 120 body cameras for the Hackensack Police Department to improve trust and accountability further. According to a recent report by the NJ Attorney General, Hackensack will be one of only 25% of Bergen County towns with body cameras, showing the City's strong commitment to making sure all residents and officers can feel safe and secure in our community.