CRETE | Negotiations have begun between municipal government and the police department’s union to try to reach agreement on a new contract for police officers, and village officials said Monday they hope they can reach agreement soon on a deal.
Village Trustee Mark Wiater on Monday said the first talks with the Metropolitan Alliance of Police Chapter 36 were held last week, and that another meeting is scheduled for Tuesday. The Village Board’s agenda for their meeting Monday also indicated that collective negotiations related to the police were the subject of an executive session held following the meeting.
The current contract is set to expire on April 30.
“Hopefully, we can wrap this up by the time the contract expires,” Wiater said.
That would be a difference from the negotiations for the current contract, which, although it was for two years, was a backdated deal to 2012. It wasn’t until last month that the Village Board gave its final approval to that contract.
That contract called for a 2 percent pay raise for 2012-13 and a 2.5 percent hike from 2013-14, with officers receiving much of that additional money in the form of back pay in recent weeks.
Police officers could receive similar raises in coming years as a result of the new contract. But Village President Michael Einhorn said people need to consider that a pay raise is more than just the size of a police officer’s pay check.
“It’s not only a pay hike for the wage, it also reflects an increase in the pension and workman’s compensation costs, because those are based off the salary,” he said.