Scott Reeder's recent diatribe in which he attempts to tie organized labor to the long-term criminal actions and personnel issues of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz is completely off base.
As many reputable journalists have reported these past several weeks, it was the members of public sector unions who tried for years to bring Gliniewicz's activities to light and to have him severely disciplined or fired. It was only the prolonged indifference and cover-up of his management superiors that kept this rogue cop in his job and inexplicably, given his history, resulted in his promotion.
Gliniewicz's personnel file clearly shows that for decades union members had regularly and repeatedly tried to convince police and city management to remove this bad apple from the ranks of dedicated public servants. Management ignored or downplayed the severity of instances documented by union members about Gliniewicz's intoxication on the job, sexual harassment, and threats toward fellow officers. Instead of being fired, Gliniewicz was promoted to lieutenant, a management rank. A 2009 letter written by fed-up union police officers to the mayor concerning Gliniewicz' conduct likewise received no action.
Village of Fox Lake spokesman Dave Bayless said it best: “It appears that the breakdown was in leadership. We are looking at a total failure of leadership regarding promotion decisions.”
Mr. Reeder's deliberate misrepresentation of the situation is an insult to the dozens of dedicated organized labor members whose tireless investigation under intense media scrutiny broke this case wide open and let the world see the truth in Fox Lake. It is an affront to the hundreds of union members who immediately and selflessly responded when all the world thought cop killers were on the loose and citizens may be in danger. And it is a slap in the face to the tens of thousands of Fraternal Order of Police members, Fox Lake Lodge 90 included, whose service in one of the nation's most dangerous and difficult professions keeps our freedoms intact – including the freedom Mr. Reeder enjoys to say whatever the hell he wants in the newspaper.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge and Labor Council have issued the following joint statement regarding the recent information released about the Fox Lake officer shooting:
“We praise our fellow officers who immediately and selflessly responded to the call and put the community's well-being first. We join the community in breathing a sigh of relief while sharing their pain and confusion over this incident. Rather than dwelling on the circumstances surrounding the actions of one, let's remember and appreciate what hundreds of law enforcement officers did over several weeks when called to respond. They are the true professionals in this case.”
Attribute statement to: Chris Southwood, President, Illinois FOP State Lodge and David Wickster, Executive Director, Illinois FOP Labor Council.
The Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 32,000 active duty and retired police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is a law enforcement union representing more than 11,600 professionals in more than 514 bargaining units who work in the criminal justice system. The Labor Council negotiates and enforces contracts and improves salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Its members include police officers who work for municipalities, universities, and elected Constitutional officials; county sheriff’s deputies, correctional and court security officers; probation officers; 911 telecommunicators; law enforcement records personnel; and some related support staff. Visit www.fop.org for more information.
The Labor Council is pleased to announce that the Executive Board has confirmed the appointment of Shawn Roselieb for the position of Assistant Executive Director, effective September 1, 2015.
Shawn has worked for the Labor Council as a Field Representative since 2013, when he retired after more than 20 years of service with the East Moline Police Department. As a Field Representative, Shawn quickly earned the respect of his peers as well as the members of the more than 30 bargaining units that he serviced. In that position, he specialized in contract negotiations and enforcement, grievance and discipline hearings, critical incidents and various other tasks associated with servicing the members.
During his impressive career with the East Moline Police Department, Shawn held the positions of Patrolman, K9 Officer, Detective and Sergeant, all while being extremely active with the Labor Council. He was a member of his unit’s bargaining team and assisted in negotiating several collective bargaining agreements. Further, he was elected 4 times by delegates at the Annual Meeting to sit as an Executive Board Member. The Executive Board is the governing body that oversees the operations of the Labor Council. During his 8 year tenure on the Executive Board, Shawn was elected by fellow Board Members to serve as the Chairman twice. Shawn has also been active with the State Lodge as well as his Local Lodge, having served as a Trustee for the Illinois FOP State Lodge and as the President of his Local Lodge, FOP Lodge #96.
The Labor Council looks forward to working with Shawn in his new role as Assistant 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.