By Dan Mahoney, Attorney - Friday, May 4, 2018
On March 14, 2018, the Cook County Board approved the Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) between the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council (“Union”) and the County of Cook/Cook County Sheriff ("Joint Employer") that was previously ratified by the membership. The Union is in the process of producing booklets of the CBA for distribution. Once completed, Chief Union Steward Todd Ramos and Assistant Chief Union Steward Katie Fitzgibbons will be attending Roll Calls to deliver the booklets and answer any questions regarding the new CBA.
In the meantime, please be aware that the CBA is in full force and effect. Your Union is ensuring the Joint Employer abides by the terms of the new CBA as demonstrated by the timely issuance of the bonus check.
Your bargaining team negotiated for many benefits that are included in the CBA. The team obtained numerous modifications that the membership requested. If you have a question or concern regarding any section of the CBA, please contact the Steward at your facility or unit. If your Steward is unavailable, please call the Union and ask for Todd, Katie, or Attorney Dan Mahoney.
One of the most significant benefits is the side letter concerning Injury on Duty ("IOD"). Please take time to familiarize yourself with the process regarding IOD. Deputies who sustain an injury while working are required to notify their supervisor in writing on forms specified by Risk Management of any occurrence within forty-eight (48) hours or as soon as possible if medically unable to do so within that time.
General Membership Meetings
All members are encouraged to attend General Membership Meetings. During the year, your elected Stewards meet once a month to discuss Union business as well as issues and concerns of the membership. These meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month. In addition, General Membership meetings occur on a quarterly basis (January, April, July and October) in conjunction with the monthly Steward meeting. General Meetings are held at the Union Hall, 5600 S Wolf Road, Suite 150 and begin at 6:00 pm (1800 hours).