A longtime pension-boosting perk for Springfield police will end in February 2014.
Springfield aldermen on Tuesday approved a three-year contract with Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 5 that eliminates the controversial 5 percent pay “spike,” but also provides annual raises totaling more than $3 million.
Mayor Mike Houston said he also plans to eliminate the spike in 2014 for members of the police command staff, who are not represented by the union.
The union contract, which covers 232 employees, calls for a 3 percent pay raise retroactive to March 1, when the current contract expired. Officers will receive another 2.5 percent raise on March 1, 2013, and 2.25 percent on March 1, 2014.