Rhode Island state troopers awarded retroactive pay bump

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island’s unionized state police troopers have won 10 percent salary increases.             

The Rhode Island Troopers Association sought arbitration after it was unable to reach a contract with the state for the period from May 2013 to April 2016. The administration for Gov. Gina Raimondo confirmed the arbitrator’s decision on Monday.               

The troopers will receive a 10 percent salary bump to cover three years of retroactive hikes. The award also gives troopers a one-time stipend of $500, overtime pay for detectives, and an additional personal leave day.              

Officials with the Department of Administration say the decision is disappointing given the state’s ongoing budget challenges.              

Col. Steven O’Donnell says he has permission to take about $3.5 million as part of a Google settlement to cover a significant portion of the award.

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