Lake Bluff approves new two-year police contract

Lake Bluff police will receive a 2.5 percent increase this year and another 2.5 pay bump next year under a new two-year contract.

This year’s pay raise is retroactive to May 1. Next year’s increase will take effect on May 1, 2015.

Other changes to the contract agreement include adding “marital status, sexual preference, and parental status” as protected under the non-discrimination provision and a change to the secondary employment policy that would require “written requests and a signed Secondary Employment Indemnity Agreement.”

The Village Board unanimously approved the new contract on July 14.

The collective bargaining agreement between the village and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, representing the non-supervisory sworn police officers, expired on April 30.

Village representatives met with police union representatives over several months to negotiate the new agreement. The bargaining unit ratified the agreement on July 4.

This latest agreement is the seventh collective bargaining agreement between the village and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, which represents 10 patrol officers.

The separate union contract for the department’s three sergeants also expired on April 30, 2014, according to Lake Bluff Finance Director Susan Griffin.

“Their contract has not been settled yet mostly because they are in the process of voting out their current union, the International Council of Police, for the FOP,” Griffin said in an email. “We will most likely start negotiating their contract in the near future.”

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