Police approve contract
Some 96.4 percent of Rockford police officers voted to ratify the newly negotiated contract with the city. Union officials expressed some satisfaction with the agreement.
Its a fair contract, said Doug Block, president of the Policemens Benevolent and Protective Unit 6. We got something for people approaching retirement, he said.
The new contract reduces the period necessary to qualify for retirement benefits. Instead of working 21 years, officers may now retire on completion of 16 years of service.
They also will be allowed to carry over five weeks vacation pay on retirement.
Block said bargaining was not as difficult this year. There were much smoother negotiations, he said. There was give and take on both sides. Our membership understood that we accepted less (pay), he added. He noted that the Scott administration was much easier to work with than the Box administration.
Rockford aldermen were to vote on the agreement Monday night. Contract details were explained to them in a closed session last week.