By an overwhelming majority vote, 876 to 134, the Chicago Police
Sergeants' Association rejected Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed four-year
union contract yesterday.
The proposal, which Emanuel boasted was a
“road map” for other unions to follow, featured a 9 percent pay raise over four years, but raised the retirement age to
It also included provisions that the rank-and-file sergeants
increase their pension contributions, from 9 percent to 12 percent by
January 2015, and raised their health care contributions for new
retirees to 2 percent of annuities.
The proposal also limited
sergeants’ cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to 2.5 percent, and
mandated that they would only be paid out every other year.
“disappointed” the “landmark” plan was rejected, Emanuel issued a
statement that called the proposal a fixer of Chicago’s “unsustainable”
“President Ade and I tried to be honest with
taxpayers and employees by finding common ground and a fair compromise
that put our city first,” Emanuel said in a statement.
agreement was a break from the dishonesty of the past and provided a
road map for a fair and honest pension system. Despite today’s vote, I
intend to move forward with reforming our pension system in order to
protect taxpayers and keep our city financially secure.”
February 15, Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields sent a
letter to the sergeants, advising them to reject Emanuel’s proposal on
the grounds that it would “drastically lower the income” of 25,000
people who depend on the police pension fund, including active members,
retirees and widows.
“The sergeants realized that the pension
portion of this deal was completely unconstitutional. This was not a
deal that benefitted them. It only benefitted Mayor Emanuel,” Shields
told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday.
“The mayor needs to stop
declaring war on the police and declare war on the bad guys. We’ve got a
major crime problem, and him fighting Chicago Police officers certainly
does not help when guys show up to work.”