The Requirements Of The Duty Of Fair Representation

There are perhaps as many misconceptions about the duty of fair representation as any other principle in the public safety workplace. The duty, which is owed to all bargaining unit members, captures a union’s obligation to fairly represent all its members without discrimination. The duty is not, however, a substantive duty, in that it never requires a union to process a grievance to the ultimate level, whether that level…

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Firefighters Union Owes No Duty Of Fair Representation To Acting Chief

An unusual series of events involving Chicago firefighter Paul Foertsch produced a decision involving the scope of a union’s duty of fair representation to employees on acting assignments out of the union’s bargaining unit. The Chicago Fire Fighters Union represents all full-time uniformed members of the Chicago Fire Department below the ranks of Deputy District Chief and Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedics. On June 19, 2017, effective at 8:00 a.m.,…

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Duty Of Fair Representation Does Not Apply To Informal Discussions

Firefighter James Coyle is a dues-paying member of Local 4420 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which represents the Pasco County firefighters in Florida. Coyle filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge against Local 4420, alleging that he sought assistance from Local 4420 in February and March of 2017 to remedy a pay discrepancy that arose as a result of his transfer to the position of fire…

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Cross-Examination Style Not Breach Of Duty Of Fair Representation

Nancy Newfer is a corporal for Wayne County, Michigan Sheriff’s Department. On November 12, 2016, Newfer and another officer were involved in an incident at the jail. Newfer was interviewed by Internal Affairs Division employees about the incident and signed a statement. The other officer was later discharged; his conduct during the incident played at least some role in his discharge. Newfer was not disciplined. Newfer and the disciplined…

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