Even More Contract Info
- Rank-and-file Chicago police officers won’t see retroactive raises apply to overtime during the first year of a new proposed contract with the city, a taxpayer savings made possible by the failure of the Fraternal Order of Police to formally open negotiations in a timely manner, sources said.
The city also would save money by pushing back the date new officers can start collecting supplemental “duty availability” pay now worth $3,420 a year under the contract proposal. Instead of getting quarterly payments after 12 months on the force, officers hired next year would get them after 42 months, the sources said.
- *Officers between age 55 and 59 who retire on or after June 1, 2017 will have to pay 2 percent of their pension checks for health care. That currently is provided free. Officers 60 or older will still get free health care.
*Quarterly payments for duty availability will gradually increase during the five years of the contract, from $805 on Jan. 1, 2012, to $900 on Jan. 1, 2017.
*Officers will move to greater amounts of time off one year faster than they now do. For example, an officer will move from 20 days off to 24 days off after four years of service, instead of five.
*A new provision would require that requested time off for officers “not be unreasonably denied.” Officers now frequently complain that they are not allowed to take time coming that helps them recharge and spend time with their families.
*As part of the talks, the city agreed to buy 400 new police vehicles by Dec. 31 and intends to buy, on average, 200 new vehicles per year from 2015 until the end of the agreement. Officers have complained about shortages of workable or safe squad cars and how many vehicles are in need of repairs.
*Only 50 to 75 percent of graduate school costs will be reimbursed after Sept. 1, 2016, compared to 75 to 100 percent today. But scholarship funds in many cases will not be deducted from those payments, as they are now.
*If the state requires police to contribute more to their pension funds, the contract can be renegotiated on the issue of pay hikes and duty availability pay.
We also have an unconfirmed e-mail that claims "furlough by watch" is making a comeback. Certainly a lot to discuss over the next few weeks before a vote is taken. We will be moderating the comments rather closely. If you have a legit beef with something, by all means, post it. Personal attacks over what was negotiated or motherfucking everyone over a point of view will be deleted. Same thing with obvious planted comments to provoke those sorts of responses. We don't routinely delete stupid posts - everyone needs to see the dumb shit people say/think/type sometimes - but legit concerns should be brought to the general meeting in two weeks or so after hashing it out here.
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