Wednesday, June 27, 2012
King Rahm Emanuel wins another one...F.O.P. Members loses 5B Furlough Grievance - Arbitrator Roumell finds in favor of the city of Chicago
5B Furlough Grievance
The 5B Furlough Grievance was presented to Arbitrator George Roumell at a full arbitration hearing on May 7, 2012. The Lodge and our attorneys were optimistic when we were able to secure Arbitrator Roumell for this hearing as he is very familiar with the operations of the Department and the needs of our members.
Arbitrator Roumell rendered his decision and denied the grievance in its entirety. His decision focused on Article 29A - Furloughs, Section 29A.4 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement; specifically on the phrase subject to operational needs. The Department was able to convince him that they needed all hands on deck. In the arbitrators words: It was a unique situation against a background where in other cities in the world where there had been a NATO Summit there has been large protests causing security concerns and the need for police presence out of the ordinary, making it difficult to plan.
There is always an inherent danger in proceeding on any grievance that you may get a ruling that may affect Lodge members for years to come. The Department cannot use this decision to cancel furlough segments for events that the Department has handled in the past. In the arbitrators words: This is a unique special circumstance that is a rare situation and is a one-of-a-kind event and certainly cannot be utilized by the Department as precedent to apply to the type of events and crowd control that the Department had been routinely able to do without blocking out furloughs in the past.
I have no problem posting your posts when they address the issues - either negatively or positively... But I will delete any name calling comments about the FOP staff.
I personally like Mike Shields and think he is trying his best in a terrible time to be a FOP President. As with any elected official I don't always agree with Mike but I truly believe he is trying to do his best for all FOP Members.
Mike had the balls to run for president, he has blasted elected officials trying to screw the FOP Members and he has always been there for me when I needed a hand. And I would say those qualities are the same qualities we want in any friend we have!
MOST OF ALL WHEN THE FOP MEMBERSHIP IS DIVIDED.... THE CITY OF CHICAGO WINS!