Contract Passes Committee
- A key Chicago City Council committee on Monday endorsed a new contract with more than 9,500 rank-and-file police officers, setting the stage for a full council vote Wednesday that will buy Mayor Rahm Emanuel some level of labor peace going into next year's elections.
The Workforce Development and Audit Committee voted in favor of the pact, which includes raises of 11 percent over five years running through June 2017, and back pay dating to the June 2012 expiration of the previous contract. That committee vote came after the Fraternal Order of Police membership voted by a 2-1 margin to ratify the contract.
If the full council approves, it will be the first contract since 1996 that the city and police union negotiated instead of ending up in binding arbitration, said Joe Martinico, the city's chief labor negotiator. And it's the first time since 1980 the specter of arbitration was not used as a bargaining gambit by either side, added Joseph Franczek, the city's labor attorney.
The Sun Times emphasizes the "furlo by watch" portion of the decision. The full council meets Wednesday.
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