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FOP 7 Press Release

Contact Martin Preib FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Email mpreib@chicagofop.org September 21, 2017
Phone (312) 733-7776

FOP FILES CHARGES WITH STATE LABOR RELATIONS BOARD OVER


CHANGES TO USE OF FORCE POLICY

Chicago (September 21, 2017) The Fraternal Order of Police filed charges today with the
Illinois Labor Relations Board, claiming the Citys implementation of a new Use of Force policy
violates the collective bargaining agreement, by failing to negotiate over the impact of such
changes.

In its petition, the FOP demands the City cease and desist implementing any changes.

We oppose this policy and the manner in which the City has attempted to impose it, and so we
are immediately filing charges with the state Labor Board. The City is not negotiating in good
faith, and, frankly, we are tired of it, FOP President Kevin Graham said.

According to the FOP, the new Use of Force General Orders would affect, at a minimum,
disciplinary investigations, witness statements required to be made by officers, and just cause
issues.

In its petition, the FOP also stated that the Citys attempt to implement the new Use of Force
policy is part of a pattern of making unilateral changes without negotiating them through the
collective bargaining process.

The FOP has also filed charges against the City for their attempted implementation of a
discipline matrix and body cameras. Both of those charges are still pending with the State Labor
Board.

The Employer has a recent history and pattern of making unilateral change to the parties
collective bargaining agreement without satisfying its statutory obligation of bargaining with
the Charging Party over the impact prior to implementing such changes, the Lodge charged in
their petition.
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