Less than a week before 75 Providence police officers would have lost their jobs, Mayor Angel Taveras announced a tentative agreement that if ratified by the police union will avert their departures and achieve the $6 million in savings the mayor asked for, the Providence Journal reports. The deal was announced less than two days after Police Chief Dean Esserman unexpectedly said he would resign, but the mayor and union leaders say his departure didn't influence the last-minute breakthrough.
Calling the talks challenging, Taveras said he was “relieved” at striking a deal with the executive board of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 3, which represents the 468 officers. The union and city have not had an agreement since 2007. The new arrangement would be effective through June 2014. Providence has a projected $110-million structural deficit. Although details are still being completed, the officers would not receive raises for six years, starting in 2007. A 4-percent salary increase is planned for the year that begins July 1, 2013.