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.

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Franklin Park

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

Franklin Park Police Officers, Police Sergeants and Police Commanders have a new four-year agreement.

Wage increases of 2.0%, 2.25%, 2.25% and 2.5% were negotiated.  The officers bargained improvements to retiree health insurance, educational reimbursement, promotions and specialty pay.  The officers also bargained an extra holiday.

Of major importance, the members bargained an extended pay scale so that officers retiring after 25 and 30 years of service will receive increased salaries for purposes of retirement pensions.

The Union Bargaining Team, comprised of Russ Klug, Tom Ferris, Steve Ross and Vito Busse fought hard to achieve these significant improvements.  Attorney Gary Bailey assisted the team in negotiations.

A Message from National FOP - Labor Services 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.

Supreme Court Issues Anti-union Decision

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

The U.S. Supreme Court Overturns 40 Years Of Precedent And Issues Anti-union Decision Abolishing The Payment Of Fair Share Dues For Non-union Members

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.

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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.

Bloomingdale Civilans

By Kevin Krug, Field Supervisor - Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The parties completed negotiations for a sucessor Labor Ageement prior to the existing Labor Agreement expired. The team was successful in increasing compensatory time. Expanded who can provide a medical certification when requested to include nurse practitioner and nurses assistant. Expanded the use of sick time per the The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (Public Act 99-0841). Improved text for selection of a arbitrator. Want to thank the team that worked hard in presenting reasonable proposals to the Employer and having explanations why the Employer should accept the changes.  

Savanna

By Jay Titus, Field Representitive - Friday, June 1, 2018

The Savanna Police Department completed a new three-year Agreement.  The team secured a wage increase in each of the three years, significantly increased Lieutenant pay, limited part-time officer use, streamlined the grievance procedure, increased personal and compensatory time, increased uniform allowance and the percentage between the last three longevity steps were increased.  Beneficial language changes were made throughout the contract which have a positive impact on all the members.  The bargaining team of Dan Neville and Mitch Ottenhausen did an excellent job representing the membership.  The team was assisted by Field Representative Jay Titus.

Greene County

By Doug Crawford, Field Representative - Friday, June 1, 2018

Greene County FOP #113, composed of Deputies, Corrections and Telecommunicators, reached a three-year deal with the County and Sheriff.  Wages increased 2% each year; insurance remains at 100% paid for the employee.  Classification seniority, family sick leave use, and part-time deputy work sharing were defined.  Jason Havlin represented the unit along with Field Representative Doug Crawford.

Fulton City

By Jay Titus, Field Representitive - Friday, June 1, 2018

The City of Fulton Police Department has a new three-year Agreement. The team secured a wage increase in each of the three years, increased the maximum accrual of compensatory time, added a step to their wage step scale and was able to obtain a 12-hour work schedule.  Many beneficial language changes were made throughout the contract which have a positive impact on all the members.  The bargaining team of Jeremy Leitzen, Casey Simpson and Dwayne Hamilton did an excellent job representing the members.  The team was assisted by Field Representative Jay Titus.