Friday, November 9, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
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During a regular meeting on Nov. 5, the village of Broadview’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of authorizing and approving a collective bargaining agreement with the Illinois Council of Police on behalf of the village’s sworn police sergeants.
The contract agreement, which village officials said runs from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2020, entails 2.25 percent pay raises each year through 2020. The agreement is the result of negotiations over three years.
Trustee John Ealey said that he wished the time between authorizing the new bargaining agreement and having to renegotiate another agreement “had been longer.”
In response to Ealey, Mayor Katrina Thompson said that it “took three years to get to this point, because we are behind.”
Thompson said that the village will “be renegotiating next year. If we were on point three years ago and this contract had gotten ratified then, we’d be on target.”
Trustee Sherman Jones, who was the village’s mayor at the time, explained that the delay was due to “confusion about who was going to negotiate the contract.”
“We were trying to get this done several years ago, when the original contract expired,” Jones said, adding that once the negotiates got delayed, “a new mayor was elected and the process had to almost get restarted all over again and the bargaining members for the village had to change.”
Jones said that “issues on [the village’s] side” caused the delay.
“Do not hold this against the police department, the sergeants and their negotiators,” he said. “That was all on us.”
Timothy Hicks, Broadview’s finance director, said that the 2.25 percent annual pay raises were already budgeted.
“We budgeted for the pay raises, because we anticipated that we would get the contracts done within this particular fiscal year,” Hicks said. “The police chief, as part of his budgeting, took that into consideration.”
Read the full contract below: