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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Joliet PD: $100 a Month Health Care Premium Until 2021

City Council approved the contract with pay freezes for 2 years but locks in health care premiums at $100 a month until 2021. I love the last paragraph of the article... Conflict of interests?

Am I the only one or does this seem like the tax payers are really going to take it in the shorts for this sweetheart deal?

And by the way; congratulations to Scott Walker. The majority have spoken.

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JOLIET — The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved police union contracts that freeze wages for two years but also lock in health insurance premiums of roughly $100 a month until 2021.

Council members applauded the contract agreements before voting unanimously for them. They focused on the pay freeze and did not mention the health package.

Councilman Robert O’Dekirk characterized the agreements as “concessions” and said he expects similar agreements will be made with the city’s other four unions.

Most of the city unions are in the last year of eight-year contracts that had locked in 4 percent raises going back to pre-recession days. The new contracts run from 2013 to 2015 and give 2 percent raises in the last year. The health insurance premium of $50 per two-week pay period had previously been locked in until 2016 but was extended another five years in the new contracts.

“These are very good numbers for the city of Joliet,” Councilman Don Fisher said. “It’s going to help our long-term financial forecast in the future.”

The contracts were made with the two unions that represent about 250 police patrol officers and supervisors.

The city continues to negotiate with the four unions that represent firefighters, fire department supervisors, public works and clerical employees and building engineers.

City Manager Thomas Thanas said agreements on the other four contracts are “relatively close” and could come in the next 30 days.

Thanas said that while health insurance premiums are locked in, the city will pursue other cost containment measures on health care. He noted that health care costs increased by 3 percent, a relatively low rate, in 2011 under the same $50 premium that has been in place since 2009.

“We’ll continue doing what we have been doing,” Thanas said. “It’s proven to be successful by looking at cost-containment measures. There’s a willingness by the unions to participate in that process.”

Council members were upbeat about the agreements, focusing on the impact that two years of pay freezes will have on the budget.

“They (the police unions) didn’t have to do it,” Councilwoman Jan Quillman said. “But they did it, and they should be commended.”

“They put the interests of the entire city above themselves,” Councilman John Gerl said.

Councilman Larry Hug said the unions “understand the tough times, and they really stepped up.”

Questioned after the meeting as to whether the locked-in insurance premiums could take a toll on the city budget in future years, Mayor Thomas Giarrante said: “Absolutely that’s a possibility. But when you negotiate, you have to give and you have to take. In order to get the two zeros (two years of no pay increases), we had to negotiate.”

City employees paid no health insurance premiums until 2009 when the unions agreed during mid-contract to pay the $50 premium as the council and administration sought cost savings in the budget.

City council members also are eligible for the health insurance plan and traditionally have paid the same premiums as employees. The extension on the premium, however, does not directly affect council members, who would have to vote separately on their own coverage.

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City Council approved the contract with pay freezes for 2 years but locks in health care premiums at $100 a month until 2021. I love the last paragraph of the article... Conflict of interests?
How is this a conflict of interest? The final statement clearly states that the extension voted upon, does not affect the City Council at all - they need to vote on a separate measure for the extension to apply to them.

And no, I'm not taking a stance on the amount of the premium as well... not touching that one with a 10 foot pole, since we don't know the rest of their benefits package & pay scale breakdown.
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the number doesnt mean much not knowing what the extent of the coverage is

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Politicians look at it as a way to save face and realize that by the time it bites the ass of the seat they hold they won't hold it any longer.

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im willing to bet the coverage is pretty good as they are cops and not working outta harvey or ford heights. Do you think the police union would let their guys have shitty coverage? they probably have some primo shit that we are footing while the rest of us non civil servants get pringled in the ass and yet the unions and civil servants bitch and moan cause now they are getting put in the same shoes as us regular folk or Serfs!

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while the rest of us non civil servants get pringled in the ass

never offer this line to a fat chick btw.
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never offer this line to a fat chick btw.
wadda ya mean, i dont get it - will she want to pringle me? will she want to get pringled? will she want to eat pringles while getting ass hammered? will she want for me to eat pringles will drillin me?

Maybe well have to ask Uncle steve how that works when a chick nails you in the can and makes you eat certain foods, he should have some experience with this one!

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