- Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday announced a tentative contract deal with the Fraternal Order of Police, a development that could ease tensions with the city’s largest union going into next year’s election.
Administration and union officials would not release details of the proposed five-year pact, which must still be approved by the union membership and the City Council. But a source familiar with the deal said it includes wage increases totaling 11 percent over the course of a contract that will expire in 2017 and includes retroactive pay dating back to the expiration of the previous contract in mid-2012.
Police officers had feared they would not get back pay, after now-ousted FOP President Michael Shields failed to notify the city by the required deadline that the union intended to open negotiations on a new contract. Emanuel had that as leverage, while the union knew it was bad for the mayor to go into the February election with about 12,000 cops who belong to the FOP mad at him.
Rahm released this statement:
- In his statement announcing a deal had been reached, Emanuel called the proposed pact “a fair and responsible agreement—respectful of the hard work performed by the men and women of the Chicago Police Department to keep our residents safe, and respectful of Chicago's hard-working taxpayers.”
Um...we're hard-working taxpayers, too, last time we checked. Not only that, but we're taxpayers paying an additional 9% (minimum) to a pension fund that Rahm and Shortshanks allowed to go underfunded for decades. But then, Rahm has never been a detail guy - it gets in the way of his narrative.
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