The Illinois FOP Labor Council

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By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Friday, May 16, 2014

 

If there was ever a need for a union to represent employees; the Village of Dolton is the epicenter for such a movement.  With the Village’s poor track record of honoring collective bargaining agreements, only the most tenacious of tactics results in any benefits to be bestowed upon bargaining unit members.  Dolton Records Technicians entered into collective bargaining on May 18, 2010 to negotiate a successor contract that had expired on April 30, 2009.  Negotiating expired contracts in Dolton is common due to the Village’s failure to abide by deals previously agreed to.

After several meetings, impasse was declared on November 18, 2010.  From this point, mediation took over with some minor success. Unfortunately, both sides were far apart on wages and insurance.  As the Dolton Patrol Officers, also represented by the FOP Labor Council, were as equally embroiled in their negotiations a wait and see tactic seemed the best for the Records Technicians.  And such a strategy ultimately paid off, yet at the behest of an arbitration award.  

In the end, Records Technicians received an award of 4% effective May 1, 2009, 2% effective May 1, 2010, 2% effective May 1, 2011 and 1% effective May 1, 2012.  Insurance co pays remained frozen and some minor language changes regarding overtime call outs and sick leave usage were implemented.  All wages are retroactive to May 1, 2009.  The filing of an unfair labor practice was required to get the Village to sign off on the contract, of which they only recently conceded to do.  The Labor Council is currently negotiating how all the back pay is to be paid.  The tenacity of the FOP Labor Council at the bargaining table did not go un-noticed.  The Dolton Sergeants and Lieutenants recently joined the Labor Council.  Field Representative Keith Turney was quoted as saying; “There is something to be said about strength in numbers, especially when dealing with an employer the likes of Dolton.  I fear that if it were not for the Labor Council, the dedicated men and women of the Dolton Police Department would have absolutely no where to turn.  What takes place in Dolton is a true example why working men and women still need strong unions to protect their interests.”