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    Sep 03, 2020

       31 AUG 20 Grievance Arbitration Decision

          By ILFOPLC, Staff  - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    Today we received the Order from Arbitrator Edward Benn regarding our Emergency and Merit Classification Grievances. They are attached below. In short, the arbitrator ruled that the Sheriff has the authority to assign Deputies to the Jail under the civil emergency provision of the CBA. However, the Sheriff cannot change Deputies Merit Classification from Court Services to Corrections Officer.

    What does this mean?

    The Arbitrator has essentially placed the ball in our court. It is essential now that we step up and help our brothers and sisters out. The Arbitrator ruled that the Covid-19 pandemic allows, if not requires, the Sheriff to keep implementing social distancing guidelines as much as practicable for inmates at DOC. For those who are not already aware, the issue the Jail the facing is this: since inmates are spread out, so is the staff, so mandating is rampant. There is simply too much available OT for the Jail to keep staffed. This is not a knock at Corrections Officers. They are doing their best to keep up, but there are only so many 16-hour days anyone can handle before someone is forced to call off – creating the need for more mandating – and so it goes. The only way to remedy this now, without forcing additional Deputies to be assigned to the Jail, is to show that we can help shoulder the weight without being forced to do so. We are calling on everyone who can volunteer to do so before we are voluntold. Director Miller’s email that allows deputies to work the voluntary overtime will be expanded to include all interested Deputies, not just those who were temporarily reassigned to the CCDOC. Should the Sheriff be forced to assign more Deputies to the Jail, this will not only affect the least senior of us, although they will feel the brunt of the impact. We have been short staffed in courts for quite some time. We cannot afford to lose any more Deputies to the Jail for any amount of time. Not to mention that many of those who have recently come back from the Jail feel like they have already been through the ringer. As volunteers, we have much more autonomy regarding where and when we work within the Jail.

    This is not precedent setting for any type of merger or the like, other than as it pertains to Civil Emergencies. Any discipline issued will continue to be handled by the ILFOPLC. You will not be mandated an additional shift if you volunteer to work a shift at the Jail. Anyone who is interested, please contact your steward, Todd, Katie, or Sander with any questions or concerns.

     Arbitrator Benn’s decision made it clear that emergencies do not last forever, and he retains jurisdiction over the grievance. Naturally, this could mean a vaccine or cure for Covid-19. In the meantime, we must show that staffing shortages at the Jail are under control (and there is no need to force more Deputies into the Jail) through volunteers alone.

    Currently, most overtime shifts that need to be filled are shifts that we are the most available – midnights and weekends. If we get enough of us to voluntarily take the available OT, we can prevent further displacement of more deputies and it is our best chance at returning those still there. Assuming the volunteer program is a success, and the Sheriff still refuses to timely return ALL Deputies back to the courts, we can return to the Arbitrator and show that any issues constituting an emergency have been cured so that he may amend his order.

    Thank you for all you do and stay safe.

    Aug 04, 2020

       To All Cook County Court Service Deputies

          By Shawn Roselieb, Executive Director - Tuesday, August 4, 2020

    Since the COVID-19 crisis began in March of 2020, the IL FOP Labor Council has faced an unprecedented number of new challenges across the State, including in our Cook County units. Through it all, we are proud to report that your Stewards have worked tirelessly with your Labor Council Attorney, Sander Weiner, and other Labor Council staff, to address your specific needs and challenges in an expeditious and successful manner.   The purpose of this letter is to bring you up to speed on what we have been doing on your behalf these past several months.

    The issues faced in your unit due to COVID include everything from transfers and reassignments, safety and PPE shortages, sick leave and hardship requests, emergency mandates and policy changes. These are just a few of the many challenges that came our way.

    From the onset of the crisis, our number one priority has been protecting your safety as well as the safety of the citizens that you serve and protect every day.  For example, facing a shortage of PPE, we made arrangements with KOVAL and other providers to secure, pick up and deliver an abundance of hand sanitizer to you.  We have consistently demanded proper PPE and hazard pay for all of you to reflect the health risks you have bravely faced daily since the onset of COVID. 

    When the Sheriff insisted that some of you be reassigned to the Jail to address staff shortages and COVID outbreaks there, we promptly took action. The Sheriff has the legal ability to temporarily reassign Deputies due to the emergency nature of the COVID pandemic.  However, we demanded that he do so on a temporary basis and with assurances that your safety would be a priority.  After several meetings, when we could not get the Sheriff to agree to all of our terms, we filed an Emergency Petition with the Circuit Court, seeking a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the reassignments. The Judge ruled that the reassignments could occur due to the emergency, but at our insistence, he also ordered that such reassignments be done safely.  More specifically, his order required that Deputies’ assignments at the Jail match their experience and skillset and that Deputies work with experienced Correctional Officers.   

    The reassignments of 322 Deputies to the Jail lead to a host of other new issues that needed to be addressed.   These issues included seniority rights, COVID pay, safety, discipline, mandatory call ins, vacation bids, subcontracting of work to a private security company, pay discrepancies and more. Many of these issues were resolved after phone calls and meetings with the Sheriff.  For those issues that were not resolved, we filed grievances. 

    Since March, we have filed 100 plus grievances, and are currently preparing 32 of these grievances for arbitration hearings.   Three of the most pressing grievances concern the improper withholding of dues money from the Union, the improper reclassification of Deputies as Corrections Officers and the failure to return all Deputies to the Courts. Due to the importance of these issues, we demanded that they be heard on an expedited basis.  The Arbitrator, Edwin Benn, has already been selected and he has offered hearing dates in August.

    Our biggest priority right now is getting each and every Deputy reassigned back to your prior position in the Courts.   It is our belief that the emergency that lead to the reassignments to the Jail no longer exists.  We have been able to get many of you back but approximately 160 still remain at the Jail.  We will not stop fighting until every Deputy is back where you belong.

    In addition to the issues related to COVID, your Stewards and the Labor Council have also been dealing with the “normal” matters that arise in your unit on a daily basis.  There are 11 termination cases pending at the Merit Board, 3 cases pending in the Circuit Court, and 2 discipline matters being settled. Your representative, Sander, partook in 17 interviews at OPR in the last two weeks alone, and 10 to 15 Step 3 grievance meetings take place every 2 weeks.  We are also preparing to get back to the table for negotiations for a successor contract.

    The Labor Council, with the help of your diligent Stewards, was able to accomplish all of this and more, even though the County has not been forwarding dues money to us since 322 of you were reassigned to the Jail.  

    This Union’s greatest strength lies in its numbers – we have been in business since 1985, with a proven track record of exceptional representation. We are approximately 12,000 members strong and have a highly trained full-time staff of 42. This staff includes 26 experienced, diligent and professional attorneys and field representatives who are labor experts and available to serve you around the clock.  We have a 24-hour Critical Incident Hotline and anytime a member is involved in a critical incident an attorney WILL respond.

    We know that there is another recently formed “union” that is telling you that they can represent you better than we can.  When listening to these claims, please ask yourself, or even better, ask them.  Does a brand-new organization have the resources, including financial resources, experience and staff, to handle all of the challenges that we have handled for you just since March of 2020?  The cost of a SINGLE arbitration can be well above $25,000.00.  Can they afford to arbitrate 100 plus cases?  Or will you be expected to foot the bill?  

    For $48.00/month, the Labor Council represents you in grievance proceedings, up to and including arbitration.  This includes all of the costs of arbitration, from the arbitrator’s fees, to the cost of the court reporter and more. Also included in that $48.00/month is: Expert Representation during Disciplinary Matters including Merit Board Hearings; Immediate Critical Incident Response; Dedicated 24/7 Critical Incident Hotline; Contract Negotiations and Enforcement; Proven Lobbyists Protecting your Interests in Springfield; Well Trained Full Time Staff of 42 Dedicated to Members; Training Opportunities; Professional Media Consultant; Member Driven Organization with an Executive Board Consisting Only of Elected Dues Paying Members.  These are just some of the highlights of your membership with us.

    That’s right – all of this and more for a mere $48.00 per month.  I challenge the new group and ANY other Union to beat that level of service for $48.00 per month!

    In closing, I want to thank you for allowing us the honor of representing you.  We look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come.  Together we will weather the COVID storm, the anti-law enforcement agenda, and any other crisis that comes our way.

    Don’t forget to check out our website at www.fop.org and download our free phone app by searching the Appstore or Playstore for ILFOPLC.   We have a page dedicated solely to your unit at www.cccsd.fop.org. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

     Be safe and be well. 

    Shawn Roselieb

    Executive Director, IL FOP Labor Council



    Jun 15, 2020

       Joint Statement - Letter of Support for the Membership

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Monday, June 15, 2020

    We are exceedingly proud of the professionalism shown by Illinois' law enforcement officers while ensuring the First Amendment rights of this state's citizens to engage in peaceful protests following the tragic death of George Floyd. You were asked to safeguard the free speech of those who frequently used those rights to inflict levels of abuse on the police that most civilians would find difficult to imagine. Yet the overwhelming majority of you met the challenge with honor and dignity, stoicism and dedication. Your professional commitment to protecting those who seem to revile you the most is amazing and humbling.

    The Illinois Police Reform Act of 2015 outlawed the tactics used by Minneapolis Police officers on that fateful day. Five years ago, in Illinois, all sides in the discussion realized that potentially fatal choke holds or moves that put pressure on airways have no place in modern policing. The use of those moves has been removed from all Illinois police officer training. There have been no incidents in Illinois since then of the type that proved deadly in Minneapolis. What happened to George Floyd in Minnesota would not have happened in Illinois.

    The Minneapolis officers involved in that very troubling incident have been criminally charged and the law will hold them accountable for their actions. However, the actions of a few in Minnesota should not define all of the dedicated men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives each day to protect all citizens, regardless of race, age or gender. Racism or discrimination in any form has no place in our society or profession. The incident in Minneapolis has diminished the trust and respect that many in our communities have for law enforcement. That is unfortunate, but not insurmountable. We are committed to working with citizens from all parts of the community to foster healing and to reestablish an environment of empathy, understanding and trust.

    While your true colors are shining through during recent crises, the true colors of our politicians will be coming to light soon as many will bow to the will of the loudest, most divisive voices in society. Anti-police legislation will be introduced, very few will acknowledge your good works, and fewer still will stand with you in solidarity. Courage takes many forms, and I urge you to note which of our leaders dares to stand and be counted with those who wear a badge.

    In the meantime, as always, there is one thing you can count on. We have your back. That is our reason for being, and we can think of no calling more noble than protecting the protectors of each citizen of the United States of America.
    God bless America, and God bless and keep the men and women of law enforcement.
    Shawn Roselieb
    Executive Director ILFOP Labor Council
    On Behalf of the ILFOP Labor Council Executive Board

    Chris Southwood
    President, Illinois Fraternal Order of Police
    On Behalf of the ILFOP Board of Trustees

    (click image below for PDF copy)

    May 04, 2020

       End of Watch- D/S O'Brien

          By Sander Weiner, Attorney - Monday, May 4, 2020

    D/S Richard O'Brien

    End of Watch

    03 MAY 20

    With great sadness, our FOP 916 Brother's watch has ended

    Please send out thoughts & prayers to the CCSD Civil Process Unit through this time of loss.

    Apr 27, 2020

       Update on Deputies Transferred to the Jail

          By Sander Weiner, Attorney - Monday, April 27, 2020

                With respect to ALL Deputies who have been sent to the Jail, the IFOP Labor Council has taken the position that these are temporary reassignments and that any reclassification to the position of Correctional Officer is improper.  The Sheriff, however, over our objection, has reclassified these Deputies as Correctional Officers. We will continue to object to that reclassification.   

                    As for the most recent group of Deputies sent to the jail, the Labor Council filed a TRO asking the judge to stop the temporary transfer due to safety concerns based on the fact that this group never worked in the jail and did not have the proper training to work safely in the jail.  While the judge allowed the transfer to occur, he ordered that specific safety steps MUST be followed.  Specifically, he ordered the Sheriff to “take all steps possible to make sure Deputies are matched to assignments in the jail based on experience and skillset AND Deputies will be paired up with an experienced Correctional Officer”.  IF THIS ORDER IS NOT BEING FOLLOWED NOTIFY THE UNION IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE CAN RETURN TO COURT AND BRING ANY SAFETY ISSUES TO THE JUDGE’S ATTENTION.

                    All Deputies transferred to the jail are entitled to the same benefits as similarly situated Correctional Officers.  These benefits are:    

    Anyone working an isolation, quarantine, or emergency housing assignment receives an extra half hour of pay for every hour worked added to their compensatory time bank.

    Those on the 1st and 3rd shift receive an additional $0.25 shift differential. Anyone assigned to maximum security (Div. 9 and 10) receives a $1.00/hr shift differential.             

    If you are unable to take a lunch break, you are entitled to receive either an additional half hour of pay or 1 hour added to your compensatory bank.        

    Depending on how long these temporary assignments last, Deputies assigned to CCDOC may be entitled to roll call pay under the Side Letter Agreement in the CBA.        

    The Union is aware that D2B’s assigned to CCDOC are being classified and paid as a CO1, which is a decrease in pay. The Union has filed a grievance on this and will continue to fight to ensure Deputies pay is not decreased due to this emergency assignment.             

                    If you are not receiving these benefits, please notify the Union.

                    We will continue to monitor and enforce the TRO and pursue grievances that have been filed under the Deputies’ contract.  If you are classified as a Correctional Officer, you fall under the Correctional Officers’ Contract and are entitled to all the benefits of that Contract.  While the Labor Council does not have standing to enforce the Correctional Officers’ Contract, you have the right to file your own grievances under that contract.  We encourage you to do that if you believe that your rights under that contract have been violated.

    (To view the order from Judge Jacobius click image below)

    Apr 24, 2020

       Judge Jacobius Hears Labor Council's Complaint

          By Sander Weiner, Attorney - Friday, April 24, 2020

             Today Judge Jacobius heard the compliant for a temporary restraining order filed by the Labor Council on behalf of our members in Court Services. This complaint was filed to protect the safety of our members. The Judge found that during this unprecedented civil emergency, the public interest allows the Sheriff to make these emergency assignments. However, the judge stated that in his forthcoming written order that the Sheriff shall make every effort to ensure Deputies’ safety. As soon as the Union has the judge’s final order, it will be made available to all.

    Apr 23, 2020

       Union Files Injunction in Circuit Court to Prevent Sheriff from Sending Deputies to Jail Without Proper Training

          By Sander Weiner, Attorney - Thursday, April 23, 2020

             The Sheriff is struggling to staff the CCDOC. Based on emergency provisions of the CBA, the Sheriff has assigned all crossovers from 2012-2019 to CCDOC due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the crossover group, the Sheriff announced he will be temporarily reassigning approximately 170 deputies by seniority. Those with seniority dates up to February 25, 2002 have been called upon. The Sheriff has also asked for volunteers. Several Deputies have already done so. The temporary assignment is expected to be made on or about April 25, 2020.

             This pandemic is unprecedented. Now, more than never we must ensure that the Sheriff’s contingency plans include proper safeguards for our members. Like all of you, we will continue to adapt during this crisis and do everything in our power to keep members as safe as possible. Some deputies have the necessary experience and training to be safely assigned to CCDOC. Those who have never worked the jail may not. Per our CBA, the Sheriff shall not assign our members to any known unsafe operation. The employer must also make reasonable provisions for the health and safety of its employees. The employer has assured the Union that training and experience will be taken into account when it comes to assigning posts to deputies who have never worked in corrections. However, those who have received their prospective assignments are being detailed to Divisions they have no business working in. Many of you want to answer the call. However, without the necessary experience or training, the risks to Deputies, Corrections Officers, and even inmates are just too great. Since the Sheriff has refused to arbitrate the matter, the Union has filed for immediate injunctive relief in circuit court in order to enjoin the Sheriff from assigning untrained deputies to work within the jail until the matter can be arbitrated or our concerns are otherwise addressed. This matter is ongoing, and updates will be posted as things progress.

             Any court service deputy who would like to volunteer for a temporary reassignment to corrections should reach out to the Union or Chief Bellettiere ASAP.

             Any Deputy who is currently assigned to the jail shall receive all additional benefits and pay as similarly situated Corrections Officers. Additionally, those working quarantine, isolation or emergency housing assignments, and the like, will receive an additional half an hour per hour per hour worked added to their compensatory time bank.

           Deputies who cannot report to work due to quarantine, medical reasons, childcare due to school closures, isolation orders, or “greater risk factors” are covered under the 4/01/2020 amendments to SEAM Article T. If you have any questions regarding the amendments to the sick leave policy, please reach out to your Union steward as soon as practicable.

            Thank you to all of our Sworn Deputies who must remain on the front lines during this difficult time. Your sacrifices shall not go unnoticed.

    Apr 08, 2020

    Apr 06, 2020

       COVID-19 Update

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Monday, April 6, 2020

    The current state of emergency has created a series of issues. The Union has been working tirelessly to ensure the safety and health of all its members and addressing all your concerns.

    A major issue has been the County’s slow response in issuing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). The CDC has been recommending the use of masks only for those who are symptomatic or for individuals in direct contact with those known to have COVID-19. However, the CDC’s position is clearly meant to address the high demand and lack of supply to ensure medical personnel have the PPE. This virus can be spread by individuals who are asymptomatic. The delay in issuing masks puts the entire unit at risk.

    Until the Employer follows the Union’s demand to issue masks to every Deputy, the Union stands by its advice that you continue to wear your own masks. Safety is our priority. If you have a mask, continue to wear it properly during your shift. Many have been threatened with discipline. If ordered to remove your mask, be respectful, but respectfully decline. The threat of discipline should not trump your safety concerns. If you are written up, inform your Union Steward and we will deal with it.

    As of April 5, 2020, the DOC had 234 detainees who tested positive for COVID-19, 24 detainees had result pending, and 32 detainees tested negative. The DOC population was at 4,547 and Community Corrections at 2,640.

    Due to the impact of Covid-19 at the jail, the fallout will affect Court Service Deputies. Thus far, the Employer has invoked the emergency provision of its CBAs and temporarily recalled the entire 2019 class back to corrections. If the current trend of positive cases continues, the Employer will be forced to recall more personnel to the jail. The process will be done on a temporary basis first by volunteer, and then reverse seniority. Those who are recalled will see an increase in pay, but not enough. We are demanding an increase on par with the additional risk involved. Once this emergency is contained, we will demand that those affected be returned to the Court Services Unit with full benefit and seniority rights.

    This situation is unprecedented. Many of you have a higher risk factor, whether it’s age, preexisting conditions, or family issues. We will work to get you placed somewhere with little or no contact with the public or taken off the schedule altogether. If you have concerns, let your Union Steward know right away.

    Mar 27, 2020

    Click image for PDF version

    Mar 19, 2020

       Bid Exchange - March 2020

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Wednesday, March 19, 2020

    Location Shift Day Hours
    Bridgeview 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0930-1730
    CCB 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    CCB 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    CCB 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    CCB 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    CCB 2nd Watch Fri/Sat 0800-1600
    CCB 2nd Watch Sun/Mon 0800-1600
    CCB 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1200-2000
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0730-1530
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0730-1530
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0830-1630
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0830-1630
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0830-1630
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0830-1630
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0830-1630
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0830-1630
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0930-1730
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1030-1830
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1030-1830
    Daley Center 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1030-1830
    DVC 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0600-1400
    DVC 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    DVC 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    DVC 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    DVC 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0900-1700
    DVC 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0900-1700
    Harrison&Kedzie 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0700-1500
    Harrison&Kedzie 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Harrison&Kedzie 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Juvenile 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Juvenile 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1000-1800
    Juvenile 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1000-1800
    Juvenile 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1000-1800
    Juvenile 2nd Watch Sun/Mon 0800-1600
    Markham 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Markham 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Markham 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0900-1700
    Markham 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1000-1800
    Maywood 2nd Watch Fri/Sat 0600-1400
    Maywood 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Maywood 3rd Watch Sun/Mon 1200-2000
    Rolling Meadows 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0900-1700
    Skokie 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 0800-1600
    Skokie 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1000-1800
    Skokie 2nd Watch Sat/Sun 1200-2000

    Mar 28, 2019

       New ILFOPLC Mobile App

          By ILFOPLC Staff - Thursday, March 28, 2019

    The FOP Labor Council has created a phone app so that you can access current information regarding union business from your cell phone or tablet.  The app includes the HOTLINE number (for critical incidents), important links, upcoming events, and other vital information.

                 To download the app, go to App Store (Apple phones) or Play Store (Android phones).  Once there, search for ILFOPLC.  If you have any troubles, call the office at (708) 784-1010 ext. 307 and ask to speak to Megan R.

    Mar 14, 2019

       Administrative Law Judge's Recommend Decision and Order

          By Dan Mahoney, Attorney -  Thursday, March 14, 2019

    On March 7, 2019, Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Sharon Purcell of the Illinois Labor Relations Board (“ILRB”) issued a recommended award regarding a charge filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 700. If the full ILRB upholds the decision, it may impact a section of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) with the Sheriff. So far, there has been no impact on our contract or on our members. However, many of our members have called the Union asking for clarification regarding the recommended award. This article will address those questions.

    The FOP bargained for Section 14.20 which sets out that any Deputy, who enters the Bargaining Unit after September 2014, will be subject to a physical agility test. The Deputies who fail may be given one retest. A Deputy who fails the retest shall be returned to his/her prior unit. Section 14.20 was made part of our CBA in August 2015 after an Interest Arbitration Award.

    The recommended award was issued by an ALJ and not an Arbitrator. It is not a final decision. The recommended ALJ award orders the Sheriff to cease requiring a physical agility test (“PAT”) for employees who seek a transfer from Corrections to Court Services. Yet the Illinois FOP Labor Council (“FOP”) was never made a party to the case by the ILRB. Therefore, the ALJ did not consider our position before making her recommendation. The award by the ALJ can, and will probably, be appealed by the Sheriff. If any appeal ends up being filed, the FOP will decide what, if any, action to take.

    Currently, there is a transfer class in the Academy. Consistent with our CBA, that class has taken and passed a PAT. Therefore, the Sheriff has not violated our CBA. Those 39 new members will be assigned to court facilities on Friday, March 15, 2019.

    Since the Sheriff has not violated our CBA, the FOP does not have to file a grievance or issue a demand to bargain at this time. If the Sheriff does violate our CBA, rest assured that the FOP will take the appropriate action to protect your contractual rights.

    Importantly, the award of the ALJ does NOT address the issue of seniority for transfers from other divisions to Court Services. The Department Seniority date for job posting and bidding for district, division, unit and shift (including day-off group); as well as choice of vacation days, layoffs & recalls, and overtime has always been and continues to be the start date in Court Services.

    Please do not listen to rumors spread by people who know nothing about our contract. If you have a question about the recommended ALJ decision, or the CBA, contact your Union Steward.

    Mar 13, 2019

    Jan 23, 2019

       Bid Exchange Form

          By Dan Mahoney, Attorney - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

     Please click the below image for PDF form

    Jul 11, 2018

       A Message from National FOP - Labor Service Division

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    The long awaited Supreme Court decision is here and it is what we expected.  The Supreme Court ruled that Fair Share Fees are unconstitutional under the First Amendment of the Constitution.  However, there is some interesting language in the heart of the decision concerning the Duty of Fair Representation, but more about that later.  Here are some general observations about the decision:

    • This decision effects only the issue of Fair Share and the collection of dues under the Fair Share doctrine.
    • If you have a fair share clause in your Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), this decision invalidates that clause.
    • Since most CBAs have a severability clause ensuring the continuation of the CBA in the event some part is ruled invalid or unenforceable, the invalidation of a fair share clause should have no effect on your CBA.
    • If you do not have a severability clause in your CBA, you may have to go back to the bargaining table to discuss this issue.
    • Your employers are required to stop taking Fair Share Fees from non-members as of June 27, 2018. Any fees collected after that date and sent to the lodge are required to be returned to the non-member. 
    • If you have language on the form you use for payroll deduction referencing Fair Share Fees, those forms should be replaced with forms indicating the payroll deduction for union dues is voluntary.
    • The Janus decision did not stop a public employer from participating in payroll deductions for union dues from members.

              In the Janus decision there is a section discussing the Duty of Fair Representation.  The Court during this discussion opened the door to the prospect of charging non-members a fee for services or denying service altogether, as long as it is reasonable.  However, it qualified that statement by saying union decisions cannot be arbitrary or in bad faith. In the coming months we will be examining ways to handle the question of Duty of Fair Representation.  I believe a threshold might be the representation of a non-member during the initial processing of a grievance but once the grievance requires the use of attorneys and experts then the issue of payment or non-performance comes into play.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What does the Janus decision do? It effects the ability of a lodge to collect monies from non-members as a condition of employment.

    1. Does the Janus decision effect the ability to have dues deductions from members? No, where state and local laws allow, the deduction of dues from member’s paychecks is left unchanged.  In other words, if your local jurisdiction is now deducting dues from your paycheck that will not change.

    1. Will the Janus decision cancel out the right of members to have their dues deducted from their paycheck? No, although it may require you to fill out a new dues deduction form, if your old one mentioned fair share from non-members.

    1. Can non-members still pay a fair share fee and have it deducted from their pay check? Yes, but the authorization form will have to clearly state the non-member is doing it voluntarily and is not required to do so based upon the Janus decision.

    1. Will our union have to renegotiate any of the clauses in our Collective Bargaining Agreement? Yes, if you have clauses in your CBA that refer to fair share payments by non-members.

    1. Does my lodge have to represent non-members under the Duty of Fair Representation? Yes, to a certain extent.  We are still evaluating the language in the Janus decision to see how it might affect the Duty of Fair Representation.  At the very least you will be required to represent non-members during the initial processing of a grievance.  However, at such time attorneys or expert witnesses may be needed it may be possible to charge the non-member for those services. Please keep in mind each state may have different rules as far as the duty of fair representation and you should consult your own state law.

    1. Does the lodge have the responsibility to bargain collectively for non-members? Yes, all bargaining unit members, even non-dues paying bargaining unit members, must be represented fairly in contract negotiations.

    Jul 09, 2018

       Supreme Court Issues Anti-union Decision

          By John Roche, Attorney - Monday, July 9, 2018

    As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with anti-union activists and overturned 40 years of precedent to hold that public sector bargaining unit members who do not want to belong to a union can choose to pay nothing for the costs of bargaining a collective bargaining agreement but must still be provided all the benefits of that collective bargaining agreement. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466. This case was originally started by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in his unrelenting effort to break public sector unions (including law enforcement unions). Rauner was early on dismissed out of the suit because he lacked standing and was replaced by anti-union activist Mark Janus. Public Sector employees were never required to belong to a union if they chose not to. Before Janus, however, bargaining unit employees who chose not to belong to the union were required to pay a portion of the union dues, their “fair share,” for the costs of bargaining and administering the collective bargaining agreement. The Janus Court found that requiring non-members to pay any money for the costs of collective bargaining violated their First Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution. Now, under the Janus decision, non-union members pay nothing and their fellow employees, who are union members, will shoulder all the expense of bargaining those benefits. Governor Rauner aimed to undercut the unions’ ability to fund collective bargaining, thus giving him free rein to massively cut employee benefits. This will not happen if employees stay together and continue to support the idea of collective bargaining and maintain their union membership. If union membership is maintained, the Janus case will have very little impact.

    In overturning Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (which previously required employees to pay their fair share for the costs of collective bargaining), the Janus Court indicated that unions going forward could charge non-bargaining unit employees the costs of processing, for example, discipline cases. This would include the costs of legal representation during department interrogations, challenging discipline through the grievance arbitration procedure, and the costs of a court reporter and a portion of the arbitrator’s fee. Such cases typically cost thousands of dollars. For union members, these fees are covered by the member’s monthly union dues. While employees who choose not to belong to a union will be entitled to the negotiated benefits available to union members, such as wages and insurance, they can be expected to be charged for certain costs should they decide, for instance, that they need representation in a disciplinary matter or otherwise wish to challenge discipline.

    Law enforcement employees understand the importance of belonging to and supporting their union. The unions protect their backs in a generally hostile world of employment relations. For bargaining units that simply maintain their union membership, the Janus case will have very little impact and the unions will continue to fight for their rights and to secure better wages and working conditions.

    Jun 27, 2018
       We Will Always Serve You       By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 The 12,000 Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council members recognize the strong and diverse services we provide and have faith that we always have their backs.
    Jul 17, 2018

       Bargaining Unit Leadership/Steward Training

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Thursday, June 21, 2018- 9am-4pm

    ILEAS Training Center
    1701 E. Main St. 
    Urbana, IL 61802

    Class size is limited to the first 50 participants. Please register with Chris Flynn at (217) 698-9433 or email: cflynn@fop.org Lunch will be provided.

    9:00am - 9:30am - (Shawn Roselieb) Introduction to IL FOP Labor Council

    Members will learn the distinction between the FOP Grand Lodge, IL FOP State Lodge and IL FOP Labor Council and the importance of each. (We suggest you encourage your membership to join FOP Legal Defense.) Get more information at foplegal.com.

    9:30am - 11:45am: (Dan Bailey and Tamara Cummings) Handling a Critical Incident

    Members will learn their role in handling a critical incident, and what they should do to protect the rights of their coworkers. IL FOP LC Critical Incident Hotline 1-(877) IFOP-911.

    11:45am - 12:15pm: Lunch provided on-site

    12:15pm - 12:45pm: (Jay Johnson) Worker’s Comp Issues

    Members will learn the rights of injured workers, tailored to the unique circumstances of those working in the law enforcement field. Instruction will include the importance of giving proper and timely notice of work accidents, the importance of injured employees to treat with their own physicians rather than physicians chosen by the department, the unique protections under PEDA and the Public Safety Employees Benefit Act, the rights to compensation for permanent injuries (and what permanent means), and protections offered to injured employees who cannot return to their normal job.

    12:45pm- 2:15pm (Dave Nixon) New Steward Training

    Instruction will cover the following topics: running meetings, developing by-laws, grievance preparation, and duties for representing your membership.

    2:15pm- 2:30pm Break

    2:30pm-4:00pm (Mike Powell) Collective Bargaining

    Attendees will receive instruction on preparation for negotiations/ reaching tentative agreement or impasse/ mediation and arbitration.

    Jul 17, 2018

       May Newsletter

          By Dan Mahoney, Attorney - Friday, May 4, 2018

    Contract Information:

    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.

    Contract Highlights:

    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).

    Jul 17, 2018

       Primary Election Results

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    From Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

    Yesterday’s primary was generally very good for the FOP endorsed candidates.  Of the 18 endorsed candidates, 3 did not have primaries, 4 lost and 11 won.  In addition, although the FOP did not endorse candidates for constitutional office, the Democratic candidates for Governor and Attorney General, Pritzker and Raoul, were labor endorsed candidates and are the best-case scenario for the FOP.

    Brian Stewart, John D’Amico and Marc Bell did not have primaries.  Dan Burke and David Reis both lost.  Dan Burke’s loss was a big negative for the FOP, but it was not a surprise.  The candidate is a long serving incumbent whose district has had a huge demographic change since Burke was first elected.  The district is 75% Hispanic now, and he was challenged by a Hispanic candidate.  Reis was the one pick up for Proft and Uhlien who spent over $5 million on a variety of candidates.  Despite the defeat of Reis, who supported the recent tax increase, Proft and Uhlien suffered general losses across the board, and were two of the biggest losers overall.  This was made most clear with Durkin’s decisive defeat of Straub, as taking out Durkin was a key point of the Proft plan.  Silverstein also lost a brutal primary defending his Democratic North Suburban seat.  He was defeated by an SEIU member who is a progressive Democrat and he will be the next Senator after the General. Nic Zito also lost.  He was running against a Proft backed candidate to replace Fortner in DuPage County.

    The endorsed candidates overall had relatively strong victories.  Martwick and Rita were two House Democrat incumbents who both had huge victories in defending their seats.  Dan Didtech is running to keep Representative Sente’s seat Democrat, and he had a clear victory in his Lake County District.  Lance Yednock, a generally labor supported candidate, won in his effort to beat Republican Long in Ottawa.  Terri Bryant, Norrine Hammond, C.D. Davidsmeyer and Dan Brady all defended themselves against Proft backed candidates trying to take them out in House Republican Primaries.  While these races started out close, they all ended up decisive victories.  Andrew Chesney and Eddie Corrigan both defended House Republican seats as new candidates and both beat Proft supported candidates. 

    While there were ultimately no upsets in the Governor’s race, it was the most compelling race of the primary, in both parties.  Pritzker beat expectations and won with a larger margin than any experts predicted, beating both Kennedy who slightly underperformed and Biss who beat expectations.  Pritzker’s race was one of the first races to be called.  Rauner, in contrast, faced a much narrower reelection than was expected against challenger Ives.  The race was not ultimately decided until late in the evening.  This was important, because it showed how vulnerable Rauner is going into the General Election.  Pritzker received near double the votes in the primary than Rauner did.

    The major upset of the night was Kwame Raoul’s win over Pat Quinn.  Both candidates were running as Democratic candidates for Attorney General.  Although former Governor Quinn had numerous negatives, he was positioned to do well because of high name recognition in an 8-way primary.  Kwame was able to message effectively in the last weeks before the primary, and ultimately carried the night.  Kwame will face off against Republican Erica Harold in the General Election.

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