At a public meeting on July 7, the local panel of the Illinois Labor Relations Board decided to uphold a recommended decision by a judge that found the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in violation of the collective bargaining agreement between the Department of Corrections and Teamsters Local 700.
Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Sheriff’s department in August of 2013 after the Sherriff’s office failed and refused to bargain with the union upon unilaterally changing the secondary employment policy.
The new policy stated that secondary employment had to be approved by supervisors based on an employee’s attendance and discipline records. Attendance and disciplinary criteria were not previously considered in approving employees for secondary employment. Due to the new criteria, many employees that were already granted secondary employment had the original approval revoked. Employees were also required to submit an annual disclosure form to obtain approval for secondary employment.
The Sheriff has been ordered to rescind the policy, reinstate any employees that were discharged due to the policy, and undo any discipline that was previously given under the policy.
“We expect this decision will set the tone going forward if the Sheriff tries to disregard the collective bargaining agreement again,” said Becky Strzechowski, Local 700 President.
The Sheriff’s office has 30 days to file an appeal in the Circuit Court.