The Illinois FOP Labor Council

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By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

Negotiations for Will County Juvenile Correctional Officers lasted nearly a year before a deal was struck.  As we labored on the contract, one bargaining team member retired, and another was promoted out of the unit.  Negotiations were cordial and team members were focused on accomplishments and therefore refused to meet - simply to meet.  This proved to be a winning strategy as the employer realized that negotiations were to be no nonsense.

A great deal of time was spent on hammering out a new overtime clause in the contract. Because of the sensitive nature of their assignment, staffing is an issue of grave concern.  So much so that there are often mandatory overtime assignments implemented.  This was in a direct conflict with the needs of time off by a predominantly younger workforce.  Ultimately the parties were able to reach a mutual middle ground with added compensatory time accruals.  Bereavement leave as enhanced for members who must travel over two hundred miles.  Pay ranges were expanded and 22% pay raises will occur over the life of the five-year agreement.  All members received a $500 signing bonus.

Field Representative Keith Turney as quoted as saying; "The bargaining team of Chris Kurowski, Adam Rodriguez and Neal Hadala worked tirelessly for the members.  They really knew their jobs and the culture of the organization they work for.  That helped immensely.  I would be remiss if I didn't mention long time union steward Isaac Agba who retired during the fight, as well as Heavenly Hernandez who was with us almost to the end.  Their contributions were priceless to our success."