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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By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Friday, January 12, 2018

 

The ILFOP Labor Council represents Probation Officers, Corrections, Court Security & Clerical, and Deputies in Livingston County.  The County unilaterally changed insurance benefits for all Labor Council Units prior to negotiations in what could only be assumed as an overt act of war!  Needless to say; to barrow a line from the movie “The Godfather” we went to the mattresses.   Negotiations were brutal as the union fought several grievances and attempted to bargain in good faith with the employer. Probation Officers who lacked Interest Arbitration fought hard to the bitter end.  Corrections battled for over twelve months until they finally reached a fair and equitable deal. Livingston County Deputies strategized, based upon what they were seeing, and came at the employer with a no nonsense approach. Backed with statistical comparables and months of homework they were focused and determined to not be bullied.  They came to the table ready for the fight, knowing that anything less would not only put them at a disadvantage, but drag out negotiations – needlessly wasting county money and resources. 

It wasn’t long before a Federal Mediator needed to be called in.  There was some serious bargaining going on and no subterfuge on the part of the employer was to be tolerated. A deal came rather quickly with this approach, but as any good negotiator will tell you; the devil is in the details.  The promises made by the employer’s representative were adequate, but ultimately lacked substance.  Draft after draft were exchanged between the union and the employer.  Finally, there was a realization, that not only were we not kidding around, but were being fair and honest.

Ultimately a good deal was struck.  The grievance procedure was streamlined, a new vacation draw procedure was enacted, leave time was converted to one-hour increments and a mutual flex time provision for detectives was implemented.  Medical and clothing allowances that were often times underutilized was converted to an annual lump sum payment for all current and future members.  A new modified duty policy was agreed to. Knowing that they were at the top of their comps the bargaining team took a long range approach to wages. In exchange for increased percentages on insurance premiums and settlement of insurance grievances, Deputies demanded a $3000.00 signing bonus on top of a 3% base wage adjustment over the life of the contract. 

ILFOPLC Field Representative Keith Turney was quoted as saying; “The team of Ryan Baum, Jeff Hamilton, Leland Brooke, Sam Fitzpatrick and Zach Brenning were hard core and no nonsense!  Not only did they do their union members right, they set up the tee for the next set of negotiations.  They did it right; they addressed immediate concerns but never lost sight of the big picture.  And their professional values to preserve their work environment for future generations was commendable.”