Rockford's police union and the City of Rockford have agreed on a tentative contract deal.
The deal includes a two percent raise for each of the first two years, and a 2.5 percent raise for the third year. The previous contract expired in 2011 and Rockford officers have been working without one ever since.
The new deal is retroactive and includes a one year trial run of the city's pilot policing district program that would begin in January 2014.
"At the end of the year, if either us or the City feel that it's not conducive for our purposes, whether it be the City's or the membership, or whether we think that it's a failure or success, I mean we have the right to go along and take it forward in the next contract, because we'll be negotiating a new contract or we have what they call a kill switch at that time," PBPA Union President Terry Peterson said.
The contract expires at the end of 2014 and PBPA members have until 10:00 p.m. on Thursday to vote on the agreement. If it's approved, it will go before the Rockford City Council on Monday night.
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