All permanent employees receive sick and leave leave on the basis of collective agreements, urban policies, work orders and years of employment. Some employee groups are also entitled to 4-5 floating holidays per calendar year, according to the city`s vacation plan. More information can be found in collective agreements. The agreements with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has 354 municipal employees, and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council for police sergeants Evanston, which represents 20 public servants, constitute “a fair compromise between the city and the union given the city`s current financial situation,” says a statement from the city`s deputy director. Erika Storlie, to city councillors. EVANSTON, IL – The city council on Monday signed a four-year contract with two unions representing nearly 375 workers in the city. Both collective agreements provide for a wage freeze for 2019 and a slight increase in wages the following year in exchange for additional paid leave. The city also agreed not to lay off budgeted staff for the remainder of the year. Evanston`s 2019 budget expected potential savings of $1 million by keeping the salaries of its public employees low, which helped fill a budget deficit. Storlie said the unions` agreement on a one-year pay break and a small wage increase in 2020 “will allow the city to significantly reduce and anticipate wage spending in order to improve its financial situation.” “Unions are not here to make money,” Pestka said.
“Unions are there to negotiate a collective agreement and guarantee a living wage, decent health insurance and good working conditions. … (The verdict) won`t stop us from fighting. We will fight for workers` rights again. AFSCME is Evanston`s largest public service union and has 354 active municipal employees. Their contract increases employees` insurance premiums in 2021, adds the pending leave period and increases pay on weekends of care, according to city documents. At Monday`s town hall, the Aldermen will approve agreements with unions representing police and government employees and allow city manager Wally Bobkiewicz to negotiate the contracts. City employees and representatives of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council for Evanston Police Sergeants and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees negotiated these contracts and recommended them for approval, as the municipal documents show. Both agreements will be updated from similar documents that have expired in 2018 and, if approved, will last four years until December 31, 2022. Aldermen approved agreements with police and firefighting unions at a council meeting monday, allowed E-Manager Wally Bobkiewicz to execute the contracts.
Evanston Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said the NCO union negotiates contracts with city management and ratifies the agreement before going to the Council for approval. Due to the city`s budget deficit, the two contracts do not contain a salary increase for 2019, allowing the city to “significantly reduce and anticipate wage costs to improve its financial situation,” as stated in City documents. In 2020, 2021 and 2022, police officers and municipal workers will be entitled to wage increases of 1.5, 2.5 and 3 per cent respectively, as provided for by both agreements. All full-time employees can sign up for the city`s health, dental, life and vision plans. The authorization to plan and the contributions of workers are determined by individual collective agreements. The city offers employees who opt out of the city`s health insurance an annual incentive of $1,800. Full-time workers who retire with an immediate city pension are entitled to lifetime health insurance at 100% of the cost of the premium. More information about insurance can be found in the benefits table and in the premium rate report card.