by Dennis Sullivan
March 25, 2014
The 2012-14 pact covers the 24-month period ending in May and continues the practice of paying tenured officers, based on seniority, on a sliding scale.
The first-year hourly rate ranges from $20.71 for new officers to $28.31 for the most senior. The second-year rate ranges from $21.23 to $29.02.
Representatives from the village and Metropolitan Alliance of Police have been negotiating the 2012-14 contract since late 2012. MAP represents the police department’s 12 patrol officers.
There was little discussion among trustees Steve Johnson, Dean Gaffney, Holly Milburn and Dan Taylor prior to the unanimous vote.
Following the vote, Village Attorney Jim Stevenson said it would take “seven to 10 days before we have all the paperwork wrapped up.”
Stevenson told the board he’d like to begin negotiating the 2014-16 contract “next month.”
“You think?” joked Mayor Mike Einhorn, who is aware the negotiations have tended to be lengthy.
Pay based on expired contract
Since the 2010-12 contract’s expiration on May 1, 2012, Crete Patrol Officers have been paid $20.30 to $27.75 — that contact’s second-year-rate range, based on years of service.
Officers will be compensated retroactively for service during most of the life of the 2012-14 contract.
After Monday’s meeting, Einhorn said the contract contained “nothing earth shattering” and focused on compensation and benefits.
‘It’s always about money’
“It’s always about money,” he said, suggesting that after a visitor read the contract, “You will wish you had an employer that is as generous.”
Still, Einhorn said elected officials have had “to resist the ‘push up, push up, push up’ mentality because we don’t have the (financial) reserves.”
By holding the line as much as possible on compensation and benefits, he said, “We haven’t had any layoffs.”
The contract encompasses other issues, including assignments, shift changes, training, grievance procedures and compensation for court appearances.
Trustee Mark Wiater, who was absent Monday, previously attributed the prolonged negotiations to disagreements about shift-bidding and pay for moving into a lateral position.
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