JUDGE SIDES WITH PO­LICE UNION OVER CPD’S NEW DIS­CI­PLINARY GUIDE­LINES

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITYBEAT - Sun- Times Staff

Fra­ter­nal Order of Po­lice Pres­i­dent Kevin Gra­ham claimed vic­tory Mon­day af­ter an ad­min­is­tra­tive law judge ruled in fa­vor of the union, which op­posed the Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment’s new dis­ci­plinary guide­lines for of­fi­cers.

Ac­cord­ing to the judge’s rul­ing, the city vi­o­lated the Illi­nois La­bor Re­la­tions Act by not ne­go­ti­at­ing the new pol­icy with the union, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the FOP, which rep­re­sents rank- and­file po­lice of­fi­cers.

The city was dis­ap­pointed in the rul­ing and will file an ap­peal, ac­cord­ing to spokesman Bill McCaf­frey.

“The Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment has au­thor­ity from the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment to im­pose dis­ci­pline, and the dis­ci­plinary ma­trix is de­signed to pro­vide cer­tainty for of­fi­cers and serves as a man­age­ment tool so that rec­om­men­da­tions are con­sis­tent across the depart­ment,” McCaf­frey said.

Gra­ham’s pre­de­ces­sor, Dean An­gelo, filed an un­fair la­bor prac­tice com­plaint over the CPD’s pro­posed “dis­ci­plinary ma­trix” for “com­plaints reg­is­tered” against of­fi­cers be­fore he lost a union elec­tion to Gra­ham ear­lier this year.

“This is a great vic­tory for our mem­bers,” Gra­ham said in the state­ment. “The city is ob­li­gated to ne­go­ti­ate with us. Ac­cord­ing to this rul­ing, they will now have to. We will fight ev­ery at­tempt by the city tomake changes with­out ne­go­ti­at­ing first.”

The union also has filed com­plaints with the la­bor board over the uni­lat­eral ex­pan­sion of body cam­eras and the po­lice depart­ment’s use of force poli­cies.

In light of the de­ci­sion, the po­lice depart­ment will have to re­turn to its dis­ci­plinary poli­cies be­fore the new guide­lines were im­ple­mented and re­scind any dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against of­fi­cers that used the new guide­lines, ac­cord­ing to the union’s state­ment.

The judge’s de­ci­sion was a rec­om­mended rul­ing and was not a fi­nal de­ci­sion is­sued by the la­bor board. The city has 30 days to ap­peal.

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