Geneva Considers 4-Year Bargaining Agreement With Police Officers

Four-year contract calls for increases of 3.5 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent.

The city of Geneva is poised to accept a four-year contract with its police union that calls for a 3.5 percent pay hike the first year, and hikes of 2 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent in the following three years.

The Geneva City Council Committee of the Whole will take its first public look at the agreement during its 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, meeting at City Hall.

According to the summary provided in the COW's agenda packet, the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council (FOP) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) ha been tentatively agreed upon by union representatives and the city's management team.

Union members have ratified the proposed contract.

The CBA is a four (4) year agreement with the following wage proposals:

  • FY 2011-2012 – 3.5 percent
  • FY 2012-2013 – 2 percent
  • FY 2013-2014 – 3 percent
  • FY 2014-2015 – 3 percent

The management team conducted a comprehensive study to compare wages and benefits between the police officers and 13 other departments.

If approved by the full City Council, wages will be retroactive to May 1, 2011, and all other terms of the contract will become effective immediately.

In other business at the COW on Monday, aldermen were expected to recommend approval for a certificate of completion for the  as well as consider the miscellaneous funds budget for 2012-13.

Miscellaneous funds often garner a lot of conversation, as aldermen try to discern a "need" from a "want" in an overall city budget where the tax base is shrinking and dollars are harder to find.

Miscellaneous funds include:

  • Beautification Fund 
  • Cemetery Fund 
  • Commuter Parking Fund 
  • Cultural Arts Fund 
  • Debt Service Fund
  • Fire Pension Fund 
  • Group Dental Fund 
  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
  • Mental Health Fund 
  • Motor Fuel Fund 
  • Police Pension Fund 
  • Prairie Green Fund 
  • Refuse Fund 
  • Strategic Plan Advisory Committee Fund 
  • Special Service Area # 1 Fund 
  • Special Service Area #s 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 18, 22, 23, & 26 Funds
  • Special Service Area # 16 Fund
  • Tax Increment Finance #2 Fund 
  • Tourism Fund Budget
  • Tree Nursery Fund 
  • TriCom Fund 
  • Workers’ Compensation Fund 



Electronic versions of the Committee of the Whole Meeting packets (http://www.geneva.il.us/agendas/cowpacket.pdf) will be available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format the morning of the meeting. To see Minutes from Committee of the Whole Meetings, visit http://www.geneva.il.us/minutes/cow_minlist.htm. To listen to audio or view video from past meetings, go to http://www.geneva.il.us/audio/AudioHelp.htm.

Monday, March 12, 2012 
7:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
109 James Street
Geneva, IL 60134


1. Call to Order

2. Consider Consent Agenda

*3. Approve Committee of the Whole Minutes from February 27, 2012.

4. Items of Business

a. Oath of Office for Police Officer David Zeigler.

b. Recommend Approval of Request for Use of Right-of-Ways for Children’s Benefit League Tag Days April 13-14, 2012.

c. Recommend Approval of Draft Resolution Authorizing Publication of Updated Zoning Map.

d. Recommend Approval of Draft Resolution Authorizing Purchase of Primary Cable for River Lane Underground Cable Replacement Program.

e. Recommend Approval of Certificate of Completions for On-Cor and Living Well Cancer Center.

f. Recommend Approval of Draft Resolution Authorizing Execution of a Collective Bargaining Agreement Between the City of Geneva and the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council.

g. Presentation of 2011/12 Miscellaneous Budgets.

h. Recommend Approval of 2012/13 Miscellaneous Budgets as Presented and Public Hearing on April 16, 2012.

5. New Business

6. Upcoming Meetings: Special Committee of the Whole: March 19, 2012.

7. Closed Session on Collective Negotiating Matters Between the Public Body and Its Employees or Their Representatives.

8. Adjournment


  • Editor's note: I sent this as a "breaking news alert" in order to send an e-blast notice prior to Monday's meeting, since Patch had not reported prior to this that the bargaining agreement would be on the Monday night agenda.
Charles Emout March 13, 2012 at 01:52 AM
This is a good example of why our property taxes keep going up while our real estate values go down ... it's time they stopped trying to solve today's problems with yesterday's solutions - guaranteed raises are bankrupting our municipalities!
G.Ryan March 13, 2012 at 02:01 AM
And they will soon bankrupt us taxpayers............. I agree with you Mr. Emout.
T Johnson March 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Since police are paid with tax dollars, is there a website that shows salaries and benefits of each officer (like there is for teachers?). Also, we "studied 13 other departments" to determine if the wage / benefit package is appropriate? How is that relevant? If we all use each other as a reference point, we'll just keep doing what we've always done. Guaranteed raises just for showing up. Between the Teachers Union and the City employees, they are taking a bigger chunk every year of an ever-shrinking piece of pie. Freezes are in order this year (and be grateful they aren't cuts,)
Rudy March 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM
While the raises do seem generous in this economy. I have to give it up for the GPD and the GFD they pretty much leave you to live your life and are there to help when needed as it should be! They have a good directive to Service and Protect as it should be. Some local communities believe they are for intimidation and fund raising. Rudy
T Johnson March 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I agree with you Rudy. The GPD seem to be a fine group of men and women and I appreciate the fact that they don't go out of their way to write tickets and harass people. But just because I like them doesn't override the fact that we're all in the same boat here - stagnant economy and declining home values. We'll have to put any raises on hold for now.


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