PEORIA, Ill.–An Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Labor Relations Board found the city of Peoria violated the Illinois Public Labor Relations.
This was found after the city did not respond in time to Local 50 Union’s Unfair Labor Practice accusations.
At the beginning of this year, the city had to cut its budget and also cut two rescue squads from the Peoria Fire Department.
This was to combat a $6 million budget deficit.
“The City violated labor laws by blatantly failing to negotiate in staffing numbers. Wages, hours, and working conditions are subject to bargaining. The “Brownouts” were unilaterally implemented by the City with no regard and therefore, the demand to bargain and then Unfair Labor Practice were filed,” said Ryan Brady, President of Peoria Firefighters Local 50 said.
“The remedy to this made by the Administrative Law Judge and Illinois Labor Relations Board is for staffing to return to status quo prior to May 21, 2018 and back pay for employees for damages. The staffing component of two rescue squads will have to be returned or at the very least discussed prior to any additional actions occurring,” Brady said.
The Journal star is reporting the fire staffing cut, a clerical error, and the missed deadline could cost Peoria taxpayers up to $4 million.
Mayor Jim Ardis told WMBD Saturday the city will be appealing the ILRB’s decision.
Ryan Brady said the next step is to take this case to the Appellate Court.