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Union for Bloomington police sergeants, lieutenants gets new contract with pay raises

The Bloomington City Council meets Monday, January 9, 2023, in the downtown Government Center.
Michele Steinbacher
The Bloomington City Council meets Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in the downtown Government Center.

The Bloomington City Council on Monday OK’d a four-year contract that increases pay for police sergeants and lieutenants.

The group has been working without an agreement since April 2020. The contract with the union representing those officers brings pay raises of 4% for FY2023, and 3.75% for the current year. It also calls for retroactive 2.5% increases for 2021 and 2022.

The council unanimously approved the contract, with no discussion during the short meeting at the Government Center.

The agreement also includes $1,000 signing bonuses, and will cost the city a total of roughly $360,000.

The union's last agreement with the city expired in April of 2020. Negotiations for the proposed contract began this June with a tentative agreement signed in December.

Ward 4's Emig returns from medical leave

Also Monday, the council welcomed back Ward 4 representative Julie Emig, who had been on medical leave since October.

 Julie Emig
Ryan Denham

This marks the first meeting with all nine council members in attendance since Sept. 19. Emig was elected in 2019 to represent the ward that includes parts of downtown and neighborhoods east of downtown.

City Manager Tim Gleason was absent Monday.

Also at the meeting, the council OK’d:

  • Spending about $545,000 to purchase eight trucks for the city.
  • Spending about $225,000 on its annual contract with Dell computers for Microsoft programs. 
  • Plans to demolish a dilapidated home on Stewart Street and give the property to Habitat for Humanity. The Illinois Housing Authority will cover the estimated $25,000 demolition cost.

Michele Steinbacher is a WGLT correspondent. She joined the staff in 2020.
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