Friday, April 20, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The Maywood Board of Trustees recently approved a new collective bargaining agreement between the village and the Metropolitan Alliance of Police Sergeants, Chapter 486.
Board members voted unanimously on the agreement, along with a series of other items, as part of an omnibus agenda at a regular meeting on April 17.
Until that vote, there had been no sergeants’ contract in place since 2014, village officials said. This most recent contract covers the period from May 1, 2014 until April 30, 2019. It takes effect on May 1, 2018.
According to an April 11 memo drafted by James P. Bartley, a labor lawyer with Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins — the village’s contracted law firm — the new contract was resolved through federal mediation provided by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, an independent body of the U.S. government that helps resolve labor disputes.
The most significant aspect of the new contract is a change in work shifts, from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts. The change calls for officers to work seven 12-hour days in each 14-day work period, according to the memo.
The change is consistent with a shift restructuring featured in a bargaining agreement made between the village and the Illinois Council of Police. The board approved that agreement last December.
As part of the new 12-hour shifts, sergeants will “be regularly scheduled to work 2,184 hours per year as opposed to 1,960 hours, which was the number of hours of scheduled work under the previous contract,” Bartley’s memo states.
In the memo, Bartley adds that the change “will greatly reduce overtime” and “will increase the efficiency of the Department to the benefit of the Village.” VFP
Read Bartley’s memo summarizing the major contract changes in the new sergeant’s CBA, along with the full agreement, below: