By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Friday, November 16, 2018
Elmwood Park Police Officers have a new three-year agreement.
Many improvements were made to this agreement, including defining the probation period, clarifying military leave benefits and streamlining the grievance procedure. Provisions identifying the process for lateral hires and establishing a new overtime hireback system were negotiated. A new non-pensionable benefit for retiring officers was obtained.
Wage increases of 2.25%, 2.0%, and 2.25% were bargained. Most importantly. the wages do not mirror those bargained by the fire union. The membership wanted to establish that their contract terms, including wages, were not uniformly tied to those of other village employees.
The Union Bargaining Team, comprised of Tom Brand, Joe Borini, Anthony Alequin, and Chris Pankey did a terrific job reaching this deal. Attorney Gary Bailey assisted the team in negotiations.