The Illinois FOP Labor Council

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By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Wednesday, December 9, 2015

 

Over the years Yorkville Sergeants were able to negotiate a 15% spread between themselves and their subordinates (also a Labor Council Unit).  The established spread served all sides well at the bargaining table because each group understood the impact of wage increases upon the other.  For Yorkville Sergeants, it also established a base to work up from.  That is just what occurred during their most recent bargaining session; as sergeants were able to increase their spread by an additional percent in the third and fifth year of the contract.  The overall wage package for the sergeants is worth 18.25%.

 On the downside of the collective bargaining process, Labor Council members were faced with increases to insurance premiums, however a very unique solution was realized by the parties thinking “out of the box”.  Current member’s premium percentages remain frozen at 7.5% for HMO and 8.5% for PPO for the first three years of the agreement, while new employees pay 11% and 16% respectively.  The unfortunate establishment of a two tier premium plan.  However, because of the length of the agreement, in the fourth and fifth year of the contract all members ratchet up to a 12% and 17% premium package; leveling the playing field for successor contract negotiations.

 Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Field Representative Keith Turney was quoted as saying; “My roll in negotiations was made easy because of the participation of bargaining unit member, Sergeant Jim Presnak; a well seasoned veteran at the bargaining table. Jim was able to see the forest for the trees and although he’s close to retirement, Jim had a very keen vision of the future and because of these negotiations will leave a lasting legacy for his coworkers after he’s gone.”