By Philip Haldiman, Independent Newsmedia
The Peoria City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the city’s police union, essentially securing a labor contract between the two parties for the next three years.
The MOU covers wide range of agreements ranging from wage and merit increases to a new sick leave payout program.
The ongoing cost of this three-year program is about $700,000 per year, dependent on the individual members use of the benefits provided, according to city documents.
Human Resources Director Laura Ingegneri said the city conducted a market wage and benefit study earlier this year in collaboration with PPOA.
Formal negotiations began Sept. 6, and PPOA notified Peoria Nov. 20 that their membership ratified the proposed contract, which runs July 2018 to June 2021.
“In the survey we identified information that was important to (PPOA members),” she said. “We surveyed 12 cities and asked them about their salaries and benefits, then we provided those results to PPOA representatives.”
The contract includes a merit/step increase on the anniversary date, if the officer is eligible.
Ms. Ingegneri said the MOU also includes market adjustments.
“When an officer starts he or she generally starts at the bottom of the pay range and, then each year steps up about 5 percent until about seven years, and then they are at the max of the pay range,” she said.
The city of Peoria and the Peoria Police Officers Association, which represents about 150 police officers, recently came to a labor contract agreement that runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. Here are some components.
- Wage plan for officers including a 3 percent increase for officers at the top.
- Wage plan for officers including a 3 percent increase for all officers not at the top.
- Wage plan for all officers including a 2 percent increase effective the first full pay period of July 2020.
- One-step/merit increase each year for eligible employees;
- New sick leave payout program
- Step adjustment for officers not currently on a step commensurate with their years of experience