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The agreement, approved in February by the city council, has caused discontent among the patrol officers` union, Long said. The City had argued that its work lawyer did not have the authority to compel the City to reach an agreement, according to the decision. In addition, the city stated that it had already accepted a one-time signing bonus worth $1,400 to set up wages that had remained flat three years earlier. The city continued to fight the decision, but earlier this year, an agreement with the union that mostly matched the arbitrator`s decision but tried to limit the amount of pay the city would have to pay, Long said. The “me too” provision was an important factor in a poisoning between the Metropolitan Alliance of Police Sergeants Chapter and Cunningham`s newly created administration over an agreement reached under then-Mayor Wayne Motley, but which was not approved by Waukegan City Council. The city has already begun negotiations with the Metropolitan Police Alliance, Long said. The contract for the NCO chapter expired in April. The agreement included a 2 per cent pay increase and a 1.5 per cent increase, which was to compensate for the agreement of union membership to lump sum wages in 2012, as well as other changes, according to an arbitration decision dealing with the dispute that followed. The city is “negotiated from a position without force,” he said. “I can`t tell you how many times – and I`m very open here; Being very open here — that at 2 or 3 in the morning, when you chase someone, when you`ve lost your partner, and you`ve come to two or three guys who hold all the guns against each other, I`ve pinched my pants several times? They believe it better,” he said. The arbitrator went to the union`s side in November 2017, as the recordings show. Konstantine Tzavaras, the president of the patrol officers` union, said he did not agree with this characterization.

He said the contract benefited both parties, as the city got some modifications it was looking for to go to the plant. “We`re all on the same team,” he said. “We want the best for Waukegan and we want the best policy for Waukegan.” The contract was signed by Waukegan City Council on Monday night in a 7-1 vote with Ald. William Valko, a former police officer who now represents the 8th community, voted. A tough bargaining position has led the city of Waukegan to give patrol officers union members higher than usual increases and additional benefits, the mayor said. The provision is due to the recession when the city laid off workers, said the city`s lawyer, Bob Long. Under the approved contract, the starting salary for officers will be approximately $64,000 and officers will remain for seven years in salary terms before moving on to longevity pay and earning 1 per cent per year starting in the 15th year of service. The contract approved Monday night will look into the complaint, which, if successful, would have cost the city $750,000 in post-JC pay proof, he said. Waukegan`s officers are “very well paid” but are not the highest paid officers, Valko said. He said it was important to offer competitive salaries if the City wanted to retain quality public servants, noting that being a police officer is “a very, very dangerous job.” The environment creates “a degree of mistrust,” with each union concerned that the other union will reach a better deal, Long said.