PEORIA, Ill. — After the Illinois Labor Relations board found the city violated the Illinois Public Labor Relations, city leaders don’t think the decision is final.
“While I can’t speak to pending litigation with the city, what I can say is that I feel confident that when all of the facts are heard with a proper hearing, that the city will prevail,” said council member at-large Sid Ruckriegel.
Peoria Firefighters Union Local 50 filed a complaint against the city of Peoria in June 2018.
Now, an administrative judge has found that the city violated an agreement with Local 50.
In efforts to cut the budget, the city reduced positions and equipment with the fire department.
Local 50 says the “brown out policy” reduced staffing, which created concern for public safety.
“Public safety is always paramount. And it’s never easy to go into the budget conversations, but it is a reality that our revenues must meet our expenses,” said Ruckriegel.
Now, as the city creates its budget for the next two years, leaders say a balanced budget is their focus.
“It’s always a challenge making sure that our revenues match our expenses, especially in this changing climate that we’ve seen over the past couple of years,” said Ruckriegel.
See Peoria Firefighters Local 50 Union’s full response below.