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FOP Wins Key Ruling From State Labor Board On Disciplinary Matrix

Chicago (November 13, 2017)— President Kevin Graham announced today that the FOP won a crucial ruling from the Illinois State Labor Board rejecting the city’s disciplinary matrix.


According to the ruling, the city violated the Illinois Labor Relations Act by failing to negotiate the new policy that would give the city broad authority to impose discipline according to a matrix of its own creation.

The FOP argued that the city’s policy violated the collective bargaining agreement because it was not negotiated with the FOP.

“This is a great victory for our members,” Kevin Graham said. “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 to make changes without negotiating first.”

Here are the key points by Administrative Law Judge Anna Hamburg-Gal:

  • The City is required to bargain in good faith concerning the City’s decision to create the CR Matrix and Guidelines.

  • The City is required to restore the status quo by rescinding the CR Matrix and Guidelines and rescinding any disciplinary action imposed using the Matrix and Guidelines.

  • The City is required to reassess the level of discipline to be imposed using the informal penalty section/review process in existence before it implemented the Matrix and Guidelines without reference to them.

  • The City is required to make unit members whole for any losses they may have suffered as a result of the decision to use the Matrix and Guidelines to select a disciplinary penalty with interest at 7 percent a year.

The city has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

The FOP has two other complaints filed with the state labor board, Body Cameras and Use of Force.