The Illinois FOP Labor Council

The Labor Council provides full union representation: negotiating and enforcing contracts, improving salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Our members are protected 24 hours a day by a staff of full-time, in-house attorneys and field representatives who have a proven track record of winning.

24 Hour Critical Incident Hotline: 877-IFOP-911


By John Roche, Attorney - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

            The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case that could have broad and negative implications for public sector unions. The Court agreed to hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, (“AFSCME”) No 16-1466 to determine whether public sector unions may require employees who are not members to help pay for the cost of collective bargaining. 

            This issue has been pursued and financed by highly organized and well-funded anti-union groups who seek to deprive public sector unions of their ability to finance the cost of collective bargaining by denying unions the ability to collect the fair share of the costs of representing the bargaining unit members.

            The Janus case comes out of Illinois and was originally filed by Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner filed the suit against all of the public sector unions in Illinois, including the IFOP Labor Council. Governor Rauner was quickly dismissed from the case because he lacked standing to bring the matter. A replacement plaintiff was quickly found. Mark Janus, a State of Illinois employee who works in an AFSCME bargaining unit, stepped in as the new plaintiff. Janus argues, as originally argued by Governor Rauner, that requiring him to pay anything for the costs of collective bargaining violates his First Amendment right. 

            Under the law, unions must represent all employees in the bargaining unit whether or not those employees are union members. Under Illinois law (and the laws of many States that permit public sector bargaining), unions are permitted to charge non-member bargaining unit employees the cost of the “fair share” of collective bargaining, which is less than the amount of full union dues. Such requirements are designed to protect union members from “free riders,” i.e., those employees who would let their fellow employees who are union members pay the full amount of the costs of collective bargaining while the non-union members pay nothing. In addition to rights under Illinois law, bargaining union members who are not union members are required to pay their “fair share” based on the 1977 U.S. Supreme Court case, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. This has been the law of the land since 1977. In recent years, some conservative Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court implied a willingness to overturn Abood. A case similar to Janus, but out of California, had worked its way to the Court in 2015 and the Court appeared evenly split on whether to overturn Abood, with conservative Justice Scalia being the deciding vote. Based on his questioning during oral argument, it was widely believed that he would vote to overturn Abood. Justice Scalia suddenly passed away before he could vote and the Court was evenly split 4 to 4 on the issue. Abood was, therefore, not overturned. With the Court now fully constituted with the appointment of Justice Gorsuch, the full court will take up the Janus case in the coming year.

            Should Abood be overturned, public sector unions with low union membership will be financially crushed.  All public sector unions will be severely challenged at a time when well organized, highly funded groups continue their onslaught on employee rights. If so, public sector employees must redouble their resolve to unite and fight for their rights.

New Law Requires Drug/Alcohol Testing When Officers Are Involved In Shootings

By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, September 11, 2017

On August 25, 2017, the "Police and Community Relations Improvement Act" went into effect. Found at 50 ILCS 727/1-25, the statute requires law enforcement agencies to adopt a written policy regarding drug and alcohol testing following an officer-involved shooting. The policy must require law enforcement officers who discharge their firearm causing injury or death to a person (during the performance of their duties or in the line of duty) to be tested as soon as practicable after the shooting but no later than the end of their shift or tour of duty.

As with any new law, it is subject to interpretation. The Illinois FOP Labor Council has mailed out to employers of law enforcement officers we represent demands to bargain over the impact of this law as we determine if new language is necessary in collective bargaining agreements to address this new law and its requirements. Many current Labor Council contracts have drug/alcohol testing provisions so it may be only minor adjustments are needed in some agreements.

If you have questions regarding this new law, please contact your Labor Council representative.

2018 34th IL FOP Labor Council Annual Meeting

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Friday, August 18, 2017

Hosts: Champaign City Lodge 253
Urbana Lodge 70


Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve moved our 2018 meeting to a new location! If you already made your room reservations at the Wyndham Garden-Champaign Urbana hotel be sure to cancel those rooms.

Annual Meeting dates are now on Thursday & Friday

Meeting Dates: Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9, 2018
Event Name: Fraternal Order of Police


Hilton Garden Inn with Homewood Suites
1501 S. Neil Street Champaign, IL   61820
217-352-9970 (Hilton Garden Inn)
217-352-9960  (Homewood Suites) 

Room Rate: $112.00 Single/Double Occupancy at either hotel
Rate cut-off date is February 2, 2018

Reservation link:

Hilton Garden Inn-

Homewood Suites-

Things to remember:

  • Cancel any previous reservation at Wyndham Garden
  • Pre-register for the meeting and luncheon 
  • Book your new lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn or Homewood Suites early- there is a limited number of double occupancy rooms available
  • Cut-off date to obtain conference rate pricing expires on February 2, 2018, approximately one month prior to the event. 

Also, don't forget to fill out your registration form!

Questions?  Call 708-784-1010   x306

We're Your Union

By David Wickster, Executive Director - Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is a Law Enforcement Union representing some 10,000 plus professionals who work in the Criminal Justice Arena and are granted their collective bargaining rights under the Illinois Labor Relations Act.  Our members are Municipal Police Officers, County Sheriff’s Deputies, Police Officers who work for Elected Constitutional Officers, University Police Officers, County Correctional Officers, Court Security Officers, Probation Officers, 911 Telecommunicators, Records Personnel and some related Support Staff. 

Outside the City of Chicago the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council represents more law enforcement professionals than any other union in Illinois with over 490 bargaining units.  Our largest units boast membership numbers in the hundreds, while some of our smallest units consist of only four to five members.  We have a presence in some of the most remote parts of the State, such as the Cities of Beardstown and Metropolis and the Counties of Washington and Union, as well as some of the densest regions, such as the Chicagoland Area and Cook County.


Experienced Labor Professionals

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council prides itself in representing its membership in the specialized field of public sector/public safety labor representation.  With a full time staff of 13 attorneys and 13 field representatives, all responsible for negotiating contracts and representing membership, the FOP Labor Council has 208 years of combined Law Enforcement experience and 475 years of labor experience, collectively. 

With offices in Western Springs (north) and Springfield (south), the FOP Labor Council is the only union who can meet the demands of law enforcement professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with 10 administrative staff members and a 24 hour emergency hotline.

A Long and Strong Tradition

The Illinois FOP Labor Council was originally framed as a “Labor Committee” of the Illinois FOP State Lodge back in 1983 in anticipation of police officers gaining the right to collectively bargain.  In 1984 collective begging became collective bargaining with the inclusion of police officers and firefighters under the Illinois Labor Relations Act.

With the onslaught of police officers seeking rights under collective bargaining the Labor Committee quickly evolved into an independent entity known today as the FOP Labor Council.  Several active law enforcement officers from across the state left the security of their employment to help form the Labor Council.  Their dedication and commitment established the backbone of the Labor Council which today employs labor experts with experience from across a broad range of the labor relations spectrum.