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    Jul 26, 2019

       CHECK YOUR PAY STUB

       PAYCHECK ERROR CORRECTED?

                      RETRO-PAY RESOLVED?

                                      By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Friday, July 26, 2019


    The Union has received copies of pay stubs from CCSP officers that their pay has been adjusted to reflect the compression raise that went into effect the first full pay period following June 1, 2019 (which was supposed to appear on your June 28 paycheck).

    After this error was identified, the Union contacted County officials, who acknowledged the problem and admitted that it would owe “retro pay” for the lost monies.  While it appears that the problem has been corrected, THE UNION ADVISES YOU TO CHECK YOUR PAY STUB TO BE SURE YOU RECEIVED THE RAISE.

    The Union is undertaking further investigation to be sure these adjustments are accurate.  The Union does not have access to everyone’s paycheck, so if YOU have an issue, contact your steward or the Union office.  The “retro pay” appears to be located under the headings “Prior Period PTO”, “Prior Period Hours” and “Prior Period OT”.  Review your pay stub!!!

    The Union has already filed a grievance over the pay error, so you are covered by that grievance if you should find an error.  But notify the Union of your issue so steps can be taken to correct it. The Union will not be aware of any problem unless you speak up.

    IF YOUR PAYCHECK SHOWS ANY OTHER IRREGULARITIES, contact your Union Steward so inquiries can be made and, if necessary, a grievance can be prepared and filed.


    Jul 19, 2019

       PAYCHECK ERROR GRIEVANCE

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Friday, July 19, 2019


    The Labor Council filed a grievance regarding the County’s failure to pay wage increases pursuant to the June 1 Wage Schedule.

    The Union filed the grievance at Step 2 and is prepared to advance to the next step (arbitration) if need be.  We are waiting for a date to meet with County officials but will not hold up processing the grievance to arbitration if that meeting is delayed.

    We are seeking retroactive pay for the monies lost because of this error and interest on the amounts delayed.

    We will keep you updated on this situation (on this website) as further details are made available.

    IF YOUR PAYCHECK SHOWS ANY OTHER IRREGULARITIES, contact your Union Steward so inquiries can be made and, if necessary, a grievance can be prepared and filed.


    Jun 27, 2019

       Paycheck Error Identified By Union

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Thursday, June 27, 2019


    With regard to your June 28 paycheck, it has been determined and we have been informed that Cook County Police Officers were inadvertently “moved back a step”, rather than frozen in their steps pursuant to the 2017-2020 collective bargaining agreement.

    As a result, the June 1 wage increase (also referred to as the “compression increase”) will not appear on the June 28 paycheck.

    After this error was identified, County officials acknowledged the problem and have explained that they are correcting it.  As of yet, not date has been confirmed as to when the correction will be made, but we are told the correction could be made by the July 12 (next) paycheck.

    We are further assured that retroactive pay for the monies lost because of this error will also be made, but will not necessarily be included on the July 12 paycheck. 

    We will keep you updated on this situation (on this website) as further details are made available.

    IF YOUR PAYCHECK SHOWS ANY OTHER IRREGULARITIES, contact your Union Steward so inquiries can be made and, if necessary, a grievance can be prepared and filed.


    Jun 14, 2019

       All Detectives and ETS

          By  Gary Bailey, Attorney - Friday, June 14, 2019


             The FOP Labor Council successfully won a grievance arbitration award by Arbitrator Peter Meyers regarding the failure of the County to pay the Specialty Pay stipend in December 2018.  The County paid the stipend starting in January 2019, but missed the first payment.

          The award is located on this website above (under Arbitration Awards) if you care to read it.

            Illinois law provides that if an arbitration award is not complied with after 90 days, the union can file suit in circuit court to seek enforcement.  We hope that will be unnecessary.  So please contact the FOP once you have received your missing stipend. 


    May 01, 2019

       Results of Steward Election

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Wednesday, May 1, 2019


    Markham Steward Joe Dugandzic
    Bridgeview Steward Michael Storino
    Maywood Steward Mike Rivers
    Skokie Steward Kelly Stott
    Rolling Meadows Steward Marie Jeffries

         

         Next week, the Elected Board and Stewards will meet and determine which stewards will be responsible for communicating with each specialty unit. Check back to this website for further details. 


    Mar 28, 2019

    Union Steward Election

                The FOP Labor Council is holding a Local Steward Election, to elect five (5) LOCAL STEWARDS to compliment the elected Union Board Members.  One (1) LOCAL STEWARD shall be elected from each District (Rolling Meadows, Skokie, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham) to serve as temporary conduits to the membership for communication purposes.  These stewards will hold the office UNTIL such time as Local Union By-Laws are installed by the membership that will define the terms of office of all elected union officials as well as the make-up and number of union stewards throughout the CCSPD.

              Starting April 1 and ending April 8, union members in the CCSP can nominate other CCSP union members to be on the Election Ballot for the Union Steward Election.  Nominations will be made by emailing gbailey@fop.org the following information:

    1. the name of the Officer being nominated (“nominee”);
    2. the name of the Officer doing the nomination;
    3. the nominee’s work assignment (which District he/she works);
    4. the nominee’s cell number;
    5. the nominee’s PERSONAL email address.

    The nomination should be done through using personal email.  DO NOT USE COUNTY EMAIL for this process.

                On April 9 and 10, the FOPLC will contact the nominees to confirm they want to be on the Election Ballot.  If all this information is provided and the nominee confirms acceptance of his/her name on the Election Ballot by April 10, the nomination is considered completed. 

    Election Ballots will be mailed to union members’ home addresses on April 11.  The Election Ballot will ask each union member to vote for one (1) steward in each district.  The Election Ballots will be mailed to the FOPLC Western Springs Office and due no later than April 30.  On May 1, the Election Ballots received will be counted and the results will be posted on the FOPLC Website.

    The elected stewards will be immediately responsible for distributing written copies of the contract, which is posted in electronic form on the Union website www.ccsp.fop.org under the Vital Document section.


    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.


    Nov 19, 2018

       Dues Deduction Finally Commences

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, November 18, 2018


            On October 30, 2018, the FOP and the County held a grievance arbitration award regarding the failure of the County to deduct union dues from the paychecks of union members represented by the FOP Labor Council.  Arbitrator Marvin Hill, Jr. served as the neutral arbitrator.  The Police Officers’ dues deduction grievance was combined with a similar grievance filed by the FOP over the failure of the County to deduct union dues from the paychecks of County telecommunicators, who are also represented by the FOP Labor Council. The Arbitrator issued his award that same day, view award here.

            The Arbitrator first addressed the immediate deduction of dues owed to the union.  The County asserted that dues would be deducted from the paychecks of employees immediately after the issuance of the Award for the pay period ending October 26, 2018.

            The Arbitrator then addressed the issue of back dues owed to the union.  The Union asserted that the amount owed to the union should be paid by the County, not the members because the failure to deduct the dues was not the fault of the employees.  The Union further expressed concerns over whether the deductions would unexpectedly cease even if immediately commenced.  The County asserted that the debt owed to the Union was not the County’s debt, but the employees’ debt, and that its liability was only to collect from the employees and to tender the monies to the union. 

       After hearing arguments, the Arbitrator ruled:

    1. That the debt should be paid by the employees, but spread out over several paychecks.  The Arbitrator suggested three payments, but the Union asserted that was too steep a price for the employees to burden.  The Arbitrator adopted the Union’s suggestion that it be paid out over 26 pay periods (a year), until October 2019;

    1. That should the County fail to deduct the amounts applicable from the employee paychecks, it would nevertheless send the union a check in the amount of money owed until such time the proper dues are deducted; and

    1. That he would retain jurisdiction over the case to administer the award and to adjust if needed based upon a change of circumstances.

    The Union asserted that it would not seek “back dues” from any employee who retires and resigns during this period of collection and the Arbitrator ordered that any new employees hired were obligated only to pay the “regular dues” that is uniformly charged to all state-wide FOP members.

    Since the issuance of the award, the FOP has been monitoring the dues deduction of its elected union officers to ensure the deduction amounts are accurate.  The union receives a monthly check from the County for the union dues deducted from all County employees represented by the FOP Labor Council.  Along with that check, the County send a list of names from whose pay those deductions are made in order to permit the union to confirm that every union member is paying their dues. 

    The union is required by law to represent all persons in the bargaining unit, but it has the legal right to charge non-members (those who have not signed a voluntary dues deduction form) for services rendered to them if they seek union representation.  The union has established a list of those charges and the up-front retainer for such charges, and these costs far exceed the standard monthly dues.

    Approximately 20 police officers have not signed dues forms and are non-members.  They will soon be getting a letter giving them a last chance to become members before the end of the year, when these non-member charges will be made effective on a state-wide basis.

    Currently, monthly union dues are $43.00 (or $19.85 per pay period) for everyone (state-wide) represented by the FOP Labor Council.  The By-Laws of the FOP Labor Council provide that the only method that monthly union dues can be changed is by a vote of union member delegates to the Annual Meeting.  Each bargaining unit is permitted to send voting delegates to the Annual Meeting, held each year in March.  The number of voting delegates each bargaining unit may send to the Annual Meeting is proportionate to the number of employees in the bargaining unit as of January 1 each year.  For further information, see Article XIII, Section 2 of the By-laws of the Illinois FOP Labor Council.


    Nov 19, 2018

       Labor Contract Approved by County Board

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, November 19, 2018


           On November 4, 2018, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the FOP Labor Council contract covering Police Officers.  The Union officers have signed the contract and are now waiting for County officials to deliver fully-signed copies of the agreement.

            Once the signed contract is obtained, the Union will post it on this website and make individual copies for distribution to the membership.


    Nov 19, 2018

       Steward Elections and Steward Training

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, November 19, 2018


    The Union is waiting until after the annual bidding process to hold local steward elections.  More information regarding the election process and steward positions will be posted on this website in the near future.

                The Union is preparing to conduct steward training.  More information regarding this training will be posted on this website in the near future.


    Nov 19, 2018

       Chicago-Kent College of Law Holds Annual Public                 Sector Labor Law Conference

                                      By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, November 19, 2018


    On November 30, 2018, Chicago-Kent College of Law will host its annual Public Sector Labor Law Conference.  This conference features premier labor law programs for those interested in the relevant issues confronting public employees in Illinois.  Conference attendees include labor lawyers, public officials, local union stewards, arbitrators and government neutrals.

            FOP Labor Council General Counsel Tamara Cummings is a featured speaker at the session examining interest arbitration decisions issued over the past year.  FOP Labor Council Attorney John Roche, Jr. is a featured speaker at the session entitled, “Current Issues in Illinois Pension Drama”.  Over 600 registrants are expected to attend this annual convergence of labor law professionals.


    Sep 24, 2018

       Dues Dispute Advanced to Grievance Arbitration & Unfair      Labor Practice Charge Filed

                                        By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, September 24, 2018


    The Illinois FOP Labor Council has been working diligently to resolve the problem with the County not deducting union dues from members’ paychecks.

    The Union has advanced to arbitration a grievance over the dispute.  The Union has also filed an unfair labor practice charge (ULP) with the Illinois Labor Relations Board contending the County’s actions violates the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.

    The Union will post updates on these cases.


    Sep 24, 2018

       Union Contract Ratified by Membership

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, September 24, 2018


    The union membership of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police ratified the tentative agreements reached by the Negotiations Committee.  The final vote tally was 208 – 23.

    Ratifications meetings were held on Tuesday, September 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, and Thursday, September 13 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.  Union members were invited to attend these meetings to receive a written summary of the deal and to hear how the agreement was reached at the bargaining table.

    Local union board members administered the election to ensure only union members in good standing could vote.  At the end of the meeting on Thursday, the ballot box was unlocked and the ballots were counted in front of members who witnessed the count.

    The final draft of the contract, incorporating the new changes, is being reviewed and prepared for signatures. 

    After the contract is ratified by the County, the Union will make copies of the contract and distribute them to the membership.  An electronic copy will also be available on this website.


    Sep 05, 2018

    CONTRACT VOTE

          

    The Illinois FOP Labor Council is scheduling TWO CONTRACT RATIFICATION MEETINGS.  Only “Members in good standing” (i.e., those who have signed a dues deduction form) are eligible to attend at either location and cast their ballot:

    CHOOSE

    Tuesday Sept 11th

    Hyatt Regency Schaumburg

    ROOM:   Mahogany VII

    1800 E. Golf Road

    6:00 p.m.

    OR

    Thursday Sept 13th

    Tinley Park Convention Center

    ROOM:  South Pavilion 3

    18451 Convention Center Dr.

    6:00 p.m.

    In accordance with FOP By-Laws, attendees will be given a handout summarizing the deal before the vote is taken.  A majority of those who vote will determine the outcome, so please take time to attend this important step in securing a new contract.
    Jul 17, 2018

       Union Board Announces Committees

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Tuesday, July 17, 2018


    The newly-elected Board officers created a number of committees and will serve as Chair of these committees:

    Kevin O’Donnell: Negotiations Committee
    Abel Torres:  Administrative and Policy Committee
    Dave Sheppard: By-Laws Committee
    Mike Murphy: Grievance and Discipline Committee
    Bob Ortiz: Finance and Legal Defense Committee
    Brian Dignan: Safety Committee
    Michael Kane: Health and Benefits Committee
    Kendall Evans: Uniform and Equipment Committee
    PJ Waller: Website and Information Committee

    At the next Board Meeting (August 1), the Board will determine who is on their committees and refine the role and purpose of these committees.

    If you are interested in participating in any of these committees, contact the Board member serving as Chair of the committee.


    Jul 17, 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.


    Jul 17, 2018

       Election Results

          By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Friday, June 29, 2018


    The election ballots were tallied right after the time for voting ended (7pm) by myself (Attorney Gary Bailey), with the help of Executive Director Shawn Roselieb and General Counsel Tamara Cummings. Dave Sheppard and Kendall Evans were present and witnessed the count. As always, any member was welcome to be present for the count.

    The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Union Officer Election Results are as follows:

    PRESIDENT: Kevin O’Donnell

    1st VICE PRESIDENT: Abel Torres

    2nd VICE PRESIDENT: Dave Sheppard

    SECRETARY: Brian Dignan

    TREASURER: Robert Ortiz

    CHIEF STEWARD: Mike Murphy

    TRUSTEE: Kendall Evans

    TRUSTEE: PJ Waller

    TRUSTEE: Michael Kane

    Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated.


    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.

    We are even more committed to that level of service in the wake of the Supreme Court's Janus decision. We will continue to be there when you need us the most, for critical incident responses, training, fighting bad legislation, when your contracts and benefits are on the line, and numerous other supports that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will not slow down, hesitate or falter.

    The Supreme Court case was never about Mark Janus. It was simply a planned effort by many ultra-conservative factions to weaken organized labor.

    We look forward to remaining your fiercest advocate as union members. Together we are strong. Together we are successful. And together we will continue to proudly represent the noblest and most dedicated profession in the State of Illinois.


    Jun 20, 2018

       SERVICE INTERRUPTION

         By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, June 20, 2018


    The FOP Website was unexpectedly out of service over the weekend June 16-17.  Service was restored on Monday June 18.  The service interruption also effected email transmissions.  If you attempted to send an email to the FOP Labor Council over this weekend, resend the email.  Sorry for any inconvenience.




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