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By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff Writer - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 

Despite the efforts and hard work of the Labor Council, on April 11, 2014, the Village of Lyons laid off 7 police officers. That’s nearly 1/3 of the police department!  The Village claims that the layoffs were for “financial reasons”, yet to date, no such proof has been presented to the Labor Council.   The Village is compromising the safety of the community at a time when crime is dramatically high.

The Labor Council and the local leaders had been engaging in contract negotiations with the Employer for over 5 months when the issue of layoffs was first raised.  At the direction of the membership, the Union then met with the Employer six times to try to strike a deal that would avoid layoffs.  In late December, a deal was reached between the Union and the Employer, but due to a difference in interpretation as to one of its terms, the deal fell apart.

The Union continued to meet with the Employer to resolve the situation but unfortunately, the Employer was seeking more drastic concessions than it had previously when a deal had been reached!  With negotiations still ongoing, on April 8, 2014, the Village Manager abruptly sent layoff notices to the 7 officers whose last day of work was April 11, 2014.

Since the layoffs, the Labor Council has brought the travesty to light by repeatedly discussing the situation with media outlets, both on television and in the newspapers.  We are garnering public support and assited in a rally in support of the officers which took place on May 7, 2014.  The Employer recently asked the Union to come back to the table and as always, the Union remains ready and willing to discuss a way to end this tragic situation. In the meantime, however, the Union has filed two grievances and two unfair labor practice charges related to the lay-offs and there remain pending.