Chicago police officers working overtime at this weekend's NATO summit are being forced into receiving pay -- and not the option of time off, says the Chicago Sun-Times.
The approximately 3,100 officers expected to work during the NATO summit don't have a time-off option and will be paid in cash, a move that the Fraternal Order of Police says is circumventing the contract it holds with the Chicago Police Department.
Here are some facts about this grievance on behalf of Chicago police officers working overtime for this upcoming event and the role the CPD will be playing in the NATO summit:
* The grievance, which has been posted by the Fraternal Order of Police on its website, states that the CPD is in direct violation of its collective bargaining agreement by only giving officers pay instead of offering vacation days as compensation, noted the Chicago Tribune.
* Officers were given new overtime slips by the CPD, but the box marked with "money" as the compensatory option was already checked when they received the slips.
* The union is encouraging officers to cross out the money box and check the "time" box instead.
* As the entity representing the city's rank-and-file police officers, the union commented that it has already received numerous complaints from officers over the new overtime slips they received.
* Union president Mike Shields said of the slips, according to the Sun-Times: "It's the city's way, or no way. NATO is not to trump the contract collectively bargained. This is just another example of the city not honoring the contract."
* Another Chicago Sun-Times article reported that the police union launched a campaign , specifically paying to put up huge red billboards along the Kennedy, Dan Ryan, and Stevenson expressways during the summit, which are the routes world leaders will take to get to the summit site, and on CTA lines.
* The billboards and signs read "Keep Chicago Safe. Hire More Police Officers," which is aimed at the CPD's hiring freeze, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's actions, and the drastic increase in the city's homicide rate this year.
* There are about 12,500 officers in the CPD and approximately a third of its force will be working during the NATO weekend in addition to officers from other states coming in to provide the CPD with assistance, according to the Wall Street Journal.
* Over the past several months, the department has worked to prepare for possible violent protests and the massive crowds of individuals expected to flock to the Chicago to speak out against NATO.
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