Any Colorado FOP lodge chartered after July 2008 is automatically in the Labor Council and its members are covered as part of their dues structure. Pre-2008 lodges mus opt-in. The Labor Council currently represents 25 lodges over 3,000 law enforcement officers across the state. That is over half of the Colorado FOP membership and we are growing. A few member lodges have collective bargaining rights, and we handle all labor issues associated with contract development, negotiation, and enforcement. However, collective bargaining and having a recognized voice in local jurisdictions is not the primary reason to belong. The majority of member lodges in the Labor Council do not enjoy the benefit of collective bargaining and they are the bulk of our work.
There are serious labor issues that happen frequently in the workplace, and local Lodge leadership normally does not possess the legal knowledge or resources to determine a violation and course of action. Among the most frequent abuses seen involving working conditions involve violations of FLSA standards on overtime and compensatory time reimbursements. This is followed closely by sexual harassment and other employer prohibited practices. Cities and counties also have local workplace policies and procedures in place that they on occasion violate without challenge.
Time and research over what can or cannot be done on such issues is rarely expended by the local lodge due to lack of money, resources, or knowledge. Much of that work is based in current workplace law which is complex in nature and an employee needs proper legal advice and assistance to handle the issue. That applies to lodges also if the violation extends to the entire workplace. By pooling member dues in the same manner that we do in the FOP Legal Defense Plan, the Labor Council is able to financially handle the legal costs and time involved.
Our programs include but are not limited to:
- Full service union representation
- Labor Training
- Provide Charter Amendments & Ordinances on Collective bargaining
- Legal assistance on FLSA and other Labor and workplace laws
- Enforcement of Federal & State Labor Law
- Provide County Code/Ordinance Wording for Collective Bargaining
- Training on Collective Bargaining Petition Drives & Elections
- Training on best Political Action and Local Lobbying Techniques
- Negotiating and enforcing your collective bargaining agreement
- To assist you in mediations
- To assist in arbitration
- Conduct Pay & Benefit Comparable analysis for your department
- Training on tactics for improving Labor/Management Relations
- To pursue your grievances
- Experienced staff of labor attorneys
Very few Lodges or Lodge members have the experience or time to deal with or manage these kinds of services. Membership in the Labor Council brings that to your Lodge. However it is incumbent on local lodge leadership to make their members aware that if they have a workplace matter that involves working conditions or terms and conditions of employment other than duty related discipline covered by LDF; their membership in the Labor Council brings the kind of expertise and services they expect as members of the FOP. Bottom line is that if it is workplace matters not covered by LDF then call us. The benefits of Labor Council membership are well worth the dues paid.
For more information contact Labor Services at 303-591-3842.