On Thursday, Jan. 2, the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) certified the majority interest petition that was filed by Teamsters Local 700 approximately a month ago to become the exclusive bargaining representative of the Stone Park Fire Department. The petition for membership names 13 firefighters/paramedics and excludes all supervisors and managers.
“Local 700 was successful at organizing the hardworking firefighters/paramedics of the Stone Park Fire Department and we are proud to officially welcome them as the newest members of our Teamster family,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Ramon D. Williams.
Local 700 still awaits a decision regarding the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) filed against the Village of Stone Park and the Stone Park Fire Department for attempting to block the unionization of the firefighters/paramedics. The ULP names the Village, the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief and the Mayor all in violation of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.
“We still have a battle ahead of us but we are prepared for that fight and will not let our brothers and sisters down,” said President Williams.