CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police have reached a tentative eight-year contract settlement that, if ratified by the union and authorized the Metropolis Council, would supply officers with a 20% pay increase over the lifetime of the deal, whereas additionally requiring a variety of police accountability reforms.
The pay raises will embrace greater than 4 years of retroactive pay, as rank-and-file officers have gone with out raises for the reason that metropolis’s earlier contract with the FOP expired on June 30, 2017.
It’s the primary time Lightfoot has acknowledged a tentative take care of the union representing rank-and-file officers since Chicago FOP President John Catanzara introduced greater than two weeks in the past that the 2 sides had reached an settlement.
Requested how town expects to pay for the price of the contract — reportedly tabbed at $600 million for greater than 4 years of retroactive pay alone — Lightfoot stated town’s price range workforce has been planning forward for police pay raises for the reason that final contract expired, and town has put aside cash yearly to pay for these raises.
“We really feel ready to handle the expense that can be occurred, and we may give you extra particulars later,” Lightfoot stated Monday afternoon.
Along with the pay raises for officers, Lightfoot’s workplace stated the contract additionally consists of a variety of modifications to the method for investigating claims of police misconduct, together with an finish to the 40-year ban on investigating nameless complaints filed towards officers.
The contract would additionally would eradicate a requirement to destroy police disciplinary data after 5 years, in mild of an Illinois Supreme Courtroom ruling final yr that destroying these paperwork would violate that state’s public data regulation.
Based on the mayor’s workplace, different reforms embrace:
- Permitting the Metropolis to broaden its use of police disciplinary data in instances involving police misconduct, together with verbal abuse, mirroring the PBPA settlement;
- An finish to permitting officers to vary their testimony after viewing video;
- The elimination of affidavits and an expedited course of (“override”) for nameless complaints the place the complainant doesn’t need to be recognized;
- Recognition within the CBA [collective bargaining agreement] that officers who report potential misconduct are performing within the highest traditions of public service, and a removing of the earlier “ban” on rewarding/recognizing officers who report misconduct;
- Investigatory companies should advise each particular person being interviewed that they have to be truthful.
“The Metropolis and the FOP will, nevertheless, proceed to barter over further accountability and operational proposals, and if settlement can’t be reached might proceed to curiosity arbitration to resolve such excellent gadgets,” Lightfoot’s workplace stated.
FOP officers introduced on Twitter on Monday that the union can be mailing contract ratification ballots to all rank-and-file officers this week.
“Your vote issues, so we ask each member to fill out the poll and promptly return it,” the union said.
Whereas Lightfoot stated she is happy town has reached a tentative settlement with the FOP on a brand new police contract, she stated it shouldn’t have taken so lengthy to achieve a deal, and pointed the finger squarely at union President John Catanzara for refusing to barter severely sooner on problems with police accountability.
“I shouldn’t have walked into workplace with a contract that was already two years expired. It shouldn’t have taken us two extra years to get it performed as a result of we had an FOP management that was refusing – actually refusing – to get to the desk. And I informed them time and again ‘We’re not going to speak about cash except we speak about accountability,’” she stated. “And so I’m pleased with the progress that we’ve made on reform and accountability, and I feel these are the topline options. We constructed into the contract another sources to assist assist our women and men round well being and wellness. But it surely shouldn’t have taken one other two years, and actually we received it performed in a matter of weeks when the president of FOP lastly received critical about getting one thing performed. This might have been one thing that we did a yr in the past.”
Catanzara didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the mayor’s criticism.