Wednesday, May 16, 2012

MIKE SHIELDS: FOP 7 to fight non-cash overtime for NATO Summit

NATO Overtime Grievance
The Lodge filed a class action grievance on behalf of all members who work overtime during the NATO summit and request to be credited with compensatory time instead of receiving a cash payment.

The Department has printed new overtime slips (blue) that have already been completed with the "Money" box checked. Any member who wishes to be credited with compensatory time should cross out the money line and check the "Time" box on the slip. Members should keep anecdotal records of the denial of time for overtime.

Section 20.2 of our contract is clear. Officer have the option of electing either time or money for any overtime that is worked. The NATO summit does not trump our contract. This is an attempt to defer the overtime costs of this summit to the Federal Government. Apparently, the City does not have the ability to defer the costs of time to the Feds.


Statements of Financial Interest
The City Service section of the City of Chicago website lists the following information regarding the Board of Ethics Statement of Financial Interest.

The Governmental Ethics Ordinance requires City employees compensated at the rate of $80,700 for 2012 and certain City officials to file a 2012 Statement of Financial Interests in the Spring of 2012. On or about March 1, 2012, the Board will send notice to City employees and officials who, City records show, are required to file them with the Board.

NOTE: Some City employees and officials will not be required to file a Statement of Financial Interests at that time, but may be hired at an annual salary rate, or receive a raise, title change or appointment later in the year that makes them required to file.

Those required to file should be aware that:
1.City law (Section 2-156-150(a) of the Municipal Code of Chicago requires that the 2012 Statement of Financial Interests be filed with the Board of Ethics before the end of day onTuesday, May 1, 2012;
2.Those who do not file their Statement before the close of business on May1, 2012, will have to pay a $20.00 filing fee;
3.Failure to file a Statement on or before May 31, 2012 constitutes a violation of City law that subjects the non-filer to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge from City service; and,
4.Our office cannot accept incomplete forms.

The site fails to mention that the same ordinance requires notice to be sent to City employees in writing. The Board of Ethics apparently decided to ignore that part of the ordinance and sent notice via email. Several members have now received notice that they are required to pay a late fee and file by June 1, 2012.

The Lodge has advised the Management and Labor Affairs Section of the actions of the Board of Ethics. This same scenario happened last year. Late fees for members were waived. We are awaiting a decsision on what will happen this year.

Members should file the statement immediately online immediately using the following this link. Log in using your employee number. Your password is your last name (all caps) and the last four digits of your social security number. Complete the form, but do not pay the late fee at this time. Any member who has already paid a late fee should contact the Lodge.