We noticed something cropping up in the FOP newsletter that arrived last week. We've noticed it quite a bit lately, not just in the newsletter, but in casual conversations and such:
- President's Report - Tattoo Arbitration Update: "...the grievance challenges the Department's decision to unilaterally issue the Order without bargaining with the Lodge" [...] All of these are mandatory subjects of bargaining which the Department could not change unilaterally."
But somehow, the Department did change the rules, essentially challenging the FOP to grieve and/or sue them.
- 1st Vice President Report - Mistake or Intentional? "...the Lodge became aware that the Department published a Directive (Department Approved Semiautomatic Pistols and Ammunition, U04-02-01) without the input from the Union, or the Uniform and Equipment Advisory Committee."
Again, if the Department (and the City) can't do this, then how are they doing it?
We bring this up because of the following:
- Field Representative Report - 005th District Survey: "We are compiling data from the FOP 005th District survey and the results will be posted on our website. The participation from the 005th District personnel has been outstanding and the hope is that the concerns from the 005th District personnel will be heard and worked on. A pilot program evaluation committee has yet to meet and we will be requesting one immediately after our results are tabulated. The Department has promised dialogue regarding this issue and we will hold them to this."
Really? We have a Contract in effect regarding the other two issues and the Department/City violate it constantly, forcing us to grieve and sue them to follow the language written. Now, the FOP expects them to (A) answer a phone call requesting a meeting and (B) "hopes" that the concerns are "heard and worked on."
Seriously? After the city already took their own survey and have had the numbers for months now with plenty of time to massage the data so thoroughly that it will sit up and do tricks if Rahm wants it to? The FOP couldn't even stop the baseball or winter hat from getting axed.
How about this data - from an e-mailer, we have information that the Homan Square Black Site has been told in no uncertain terms that a major consolidation is about to be undertaken among the units that will result in hundreds of officers being dumped from the building back to districts and 10-hour days are starting the First Period of 2016. There have been meetings among the Commanders/Commanding Officers and lists are being drawn up right now
The FOP is admitting in two cases that they aren't consulted on major policy changes, then hoping that the biggest policy change in recent memory is going to have "input" from the Lodge. The FOP has rolled over so often, we imagine that they're going get rolled on this, too.
Labels: department issues, FOP