An arbitrator has awarded Chicago Police sergeants raises totaling 8 percent over four years, but his ruling will require many retirees who now get free health insurance to pay 2 percent of their pension checks for health care.
The arbitrator also decided not to alter tuition reimbursements, so-called duty availability pay and quarterly stipends for supervisory duty, said Sgt. James Ade, president of the Chicago Police Sergeants Association. The city had tried to diminish those perks, he said.
The union had sought raises of 11 percent, while the city offered 7.5 percent, Ade said. And the city wanted sergeants who retire at 55 or older who now get free health insurance from the city to chip in 4 percent of their pension checks to health insurance, he added.
The arbitrator “took both sides’ arguments and came up with something in the middle on wages and health care,” Ade said.
Ade’s union represents about 1,100 active sergeants. Its leadership earlier this year came to an agreement on pension changes Mayor Rahm Emanuel called a “blueprint” for other union negotiations, but the membership overwhelmingly rejected it.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun