From press release
City Hall announced the city and union agreed last week to the Illinois State Labor Board’s suggestion of mediation of the union’s unfair labor practice charge against the City of Rockford. Contrary to the press release issued by PB&PA Unit No. 6, the City is the sole party to the complaint. No individual member of the city’s command staff is a party to the complaint or required to respond to the charge.
The complaint stems from the city’s internal investigation into the unauthorized release of information regarding a pending criminal investigation. Contrary to the allegations of the union’s complaint, the city’s investigation was appropriate. “This internal investigation focused on the unauthorized disclosure of details of an ongoing criminal investigation involving members of this community. The trust between the department and our citizens, and the integrity of the criminal investigation was threatened by the disclosure,” explained City Legal Director Patrick Hayes.
“The PB&PA leadership has every right to advance the interests of their members’ wages, benefits and conditions of employment, and the City will not interfere with those rights,” Hayes continued. “In previous discussions with the PB&PA, the union has recognized that their advocacy should not include details of pending investigations. We hope that remains the position of the police union and its members.”
The mediation of the charge will be conducted by the staff mediator for the Illinois State Labor Board. The date for the mediation has yet to be determined.
From the March 16-22, 2011, issue