Chicago Police Collective Bargaining Agreement

Chicago police officers waited more than three years to get a new contract and the resulting retroactive increase. Their last contract expired on June 30, 2017. The president of the Police Brother Order, John Catanzara, is demanding a 17% salary increase over four years – with retroactive effect to June 30, 2017 – and half of that amount for police officers allowed to live outside the city. “We already have districts that don`t have enough manpower because they create these units that wander around again and again. The average citizen is now less safe because there are fewer police officers in the districts where they live,” Catanzara said. You threatened to leave the room when I reminded you that the city would not consider a collective agreement that does not involve liability reforms,” Frisch also wrote. We will not be encouraged to negotiate in the press, nor will we diverge from political stunts and false narratives. . According to his proposal, the city`s bargaining team has turned to the FOP for a date for further negotiations and we have not yet received a response. The treaty does not satisfy many progressives and activists who want to restrict or eliminate police collective bargaining. We are not neglecting the real problems that exist, but the eradication of collective bargaining rights will not solve them. Michael Frisch, Lightfoot`s senior counsel and legal counsel, drew a letter to Catanzara after last week`s bargaining meeting, accusing the FOP president of sabotaging the talks with inappropriate financial demands and a muted reaction to police reform. .

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