The Illinois FOP Labor Council

The Labor Council provides full union representation: negotiating and enforcing contracts, improving salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Our members are protected 24 hours a day by a staff of full-time, in-house attorneys and field representatives who have a proven track record of winning.


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This anonymous prayer was offered to all by Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Executive Board Member Sheryl Palermo.  It was provided to her by one of her co workers. 

 

Dear Lord,

Help me keep safe those who depend on me

Give me healthy ears, for they are my link with those who need me

Keep my mind sharp and alert, my fingers quick and nimble

Grant that I never forget how to do ten things at once, and do them all equally well

Bless me with patience Lord.  Patience to deal with the public, with the officers, with the firefighters, 

and everyone else who makes me want to grit my teeth and yell

Give me nerves of steel;  That I may listen to a mother screaming for her child to live,

the man with a gun, the family watching their home go up in flames,

or request for backup or more equipment and not give way to panic

Grant me empathy, that I may help the caller in need,

and not cause them more pain than they already have

God, give me the ability to learn what I need, to remember it quickly,

and give me the wisdom to use the knowledge properly

Bless my family Lord, for they will have to make sacrifices to shift work,

overtime, canceled plans and times when I just cant take on one more thing.

Help them understand the missed ball games, school programs and dinners for two

Lord, give me courage,  Courage to persevere when I feel undervalued,

unappreciated, overworked and unrecognized.

Courage to keep trying when I feel in my heart its hopeless.

Last of all Lord, help me to never forget why I chose this job in the first place,

to never lose sight of what is important in the midst of the stress

Help me to remember that I make a difference;

However small it may seem some days, and that I matter

I am a dispatcher, Lord, grant me peace

 

By David Wickster, Executive Director

 

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is a Law Enforcement Union representing some 10,000 plus professionals who work in the Criminal Justice Arena and are granted their collective bargaining rights under the Illinois Labor Relations Act.  Our members are Municipal Police Officers, County Sheriff’s Deputies, Police Officers who work for Elected Constitutional Officers, University Police Officers, County Correctional Officers, Court Security Officers, Probation Officers, 911 Telecommunicators, Records Personnel and some related Support Staff. 

Outside the City of Chicago the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council represents more law enforcement professionals than any other union in Illinois with over 490 bargaining units.  Our largest units boast membership numbers in the hundreds, while some of our smallest units consist of only four to five members.  We have a presence in some of the most remote parts of the State, such as the Cities of Beardstown and Metropolis and the Counties of Washington and Union, as well as some of the densest regions, such as the Chicagoland Area and Cook County.

 

Experienced Labor Professionals

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council prides itself in representing its membership in the specialized field of public sector/public safety labor representation.  With a full time staff of 13 attorneys and 13 field representatives, all responsible for negotiating contracts and representing membership, the FOP Labor Council has 208 years of combined Law Enforcement experience and 475 years of labor experience, collectively. 

With offices in Western Springs (north) and Springfield (south), the FOP Labor Council is the only union who can meet the demands of law enforcement professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with 10 administrative staff members and a 24 hour emergency hotline.

A Long and Strong Tradition

The Illinois FOP Labor Council was originally framed as a “Labor Committee” of the Illinois FOP State Lodge back in 1983 in anticipation of police officers gaining the right to collectively bargain.  In 1984 collective begging became collective bargaining with the inclusion of police officers and firefighters under the Illinois Labor Relations Act.

With the onslaught of police officers seeking rights under collective bargaining the Labor Committee quickly evolved into an independent entity known today as the FOP Labor Council.  Several active law enforcement officers from across the state left the security of their employment to help form the Labor Council.  Their dedication and commitment established the backbone of the Labor Council which today employs labor experts with experience from across a broad range of the labor relations spectrum.