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October 22, 2014, 8:46 am
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Police Union Rejects Alderman's Call for Pay Freeze

The head of Springfield’s police union says a Springfield alderman is correct in the concerns he raises about police pensions… but not about his proposed solutions.


Union president Don Edwards agrees with Alderman Joe McMenamin that the city has been underestimating the rate of return on pension fund investments, which results in the city paying less than it should to support future pension payments.


But Edwards rejects McMenamin’s call for a wage freeze in the police contract.


He says the estimate on rate of return is an administration issue, not a contract issue, and has nothing to do with the need to pay cops fairly.


Listen to this past weekend's Podium program to hear both McMenamin and Edwards discuss the police contract below or at this link.


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