September 28, 2011
Arbitration Takes Place for ISP Master Sergeants
An arbitration hearing took place on Sept. 12 on behalf of Illinois State Police Master Sergeants. Well-prepared Local 700 representatives showed countless instances in which Master Sergeant position were not refilled, or filled with members of other bargaining units.
“When our members are overworked – or worse, when jobs are taken away from them – it’s a major cause for concern,” said John T. Coli, Local 700 Trustee. “The ISP was underprepared and I’m not surprised. How do you logically explain why there are only 265 Master Sergeants employed when there should be 340? You just can’t.”
Local 700 representatives found that the ISP is systematically removing Master Sergeant positions in a variety of ways. Often, when a Master Sergeant retires or is promoted, the ISP does not fill it. When Master Sergeants are put into Acting Lieutenant positions, they are often asked to continue their Master Sergeant duties on top of new duties. Other times, Master Sergeants are told to supervise troopers in different locations that are hours away.
“The ISP is clearly trying to make it hard for current Master Sergeants to do their jobs,” said William P. Logan, Local 700 Assistant Trustee. “It’s not only morally wrong, it’s against the contract and we will do everything in our power to put a stop to it.”
Closing briefs are due Oct. 31, at which point the arbitrator will take time to make a decision.
Becky Strzechowski, President
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