The Illinois FOP Labor Council

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By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Wednesday, December 9, 2015

 

Lansing Command Officers Settle Contract in 45 Minutes. What a difference an election cycle can make!  Collective bargaining in Lansing has never been easy, as the number of negotiation sessions would routinely go into double digits.  Mediation and arbitration were commonly the rule as the Village would pay astronomical sums of money for out side legal representation.  However this year things were dramatically different as labor and management sat down and hammered out a successor agreement in 45 minutes.

How could such a feat be accomplished? It was all in the preparation, as union members (who by the way are also voting citizens), much earlier in the year educated potential candidates running for local political office about the unnecessary costs associated with taking hard line positions on issues, such as residency and wage concessions.  This coupled with a strategy of entering negotiations with realistic objectives made the process much easier.  Field Representative Keith Turney was quoted as saying; “What a breath of fresh air to sit down at the bargaining table and actually have a constructive dialogue with the other side. Having a seasoned bargaining team also helped”.  Representing the Command Officers at the bargaining table were Steve Roberts, Tim Biron, Scott Bailey and Greg Schoon.  A 2% increase in wages was realized in May 2015 and for the following two years the Command Officers will mirror what increases patrol realizes through their collective bargaining process.  Patrol is also a Labor Council unit.