The Fraternal Order of Police has voted to ratify its new contract with the city of Chicago.
Under the new contract, Chicago police officers will see their pay increase by 11 percent over five years and will also receive $65 million in back pay. Chicago police have been working wiithout a contract for 28 months.
While 66.5 percent of police voted in favor of the contract, most officers were unhappy with deal, yet felt they had no other option. The officers did not think an arbitrator would give them a higher raise since the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 recently signed a contract for a pay increase of the same amount over five years. They are also unhappy that the retroactive pay does not include overtime worked from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Additionally, officers who retire after June 1, 2017 will have to pay 2 percent toward their retirement health care benefits under the contract. Retiree health care benefits are currently free.
Read more about the deal, and the lukewarm reception of the plan, here.