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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • City of Geneseo, police approve new contract

  • City of Geneseo officials approved a Fraternal Order of Police Union contract, which was ratified by union members on July 9.
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  • City of Geneseo officials approved a Fraternal Order of Police Union contract, which was ratified by union members on July 9.
    Under the terms of the contract, officers, sergeants and dispatchers will receive a 3 percent wage increase. All calendar days were changed to business days and a uniform allowance will be paid to officers in two separate checks totaling $600.
    The new contract changes the work schedule from the current 12 hour shifts to eight hour and 35 minute shifts. Separate checks will be given to employees for any payout.
    The contract also calls for recall rights from a layoff up to 36 months, but recall
    will be subject to a
    background check.
    Retiree benefits will be documented for the employee prior to retirement. The contract allows eight hours to go into an employee's VEBA retirement health care account.
    Vacation can be used in one-hour increments and will not be subjected to needing to use a full 40 hours in a row.
    There will be a 4 percent stipend for officers assigned to a detective position and a 2 percent stipend for officers assigned to the school resource officer position.
    The base wage for a dispatcher is $31,865. The officer base wage is $42,556 and the sergeant base wage is $46,820.
    Mike Shelley, a representative of the Fraternal Order of Police's Labor Council, complimented city aldermen and staff for their cooperation in the negotiation process.
    "The staff was great. They were able to meet us in the middle of the road," he
    said.
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