I urge you to read his article.
He documents, as I have done in my recent posts, how the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Chicago and the FOP undermines the ability to pursue criminal charges against police who – frequently – engage in misconduct, abuse and murder.
While most CBAs have language addressing due process, the language is normally intended to protect workers from abusive practices of management.
Only the FOP has due process language that is intended to defend misconduct by police against citizens, predictably Black and Brown citizens.
Emmanuel addresses the tough question of why organized labor – from national unions to their local affiliates right here in Chicago – continue to be silent on the issue of the FOP and their racism.
So, where does the labor movement stand?
Richard Trumka, head of AFL-CIO, the nation’s biggest federation of unions, has rejected calls for police unions to be expelled from the federation (the FOP is not a member, but the International Union of Police Associations is). So far, just one AFL-CIO affiliate, the Labor Federation of King County, Wash., has broken ranks and voted for expulsion.
Trumka and other labor leaders have condemned systemic racism and police violence and even declared that Black lives matter. Despite those gestures, they have hesitated to criticize the robust collective bargaining agreements protestors characterize as tools of state-sanctioned impunity.
Whatever the case, this much is clear:
Any push to reform, defund or abolish the police means wrestling with police unions, whose leaders are digging in their heels even as their counterparts in labor demand an end to police violence.
I have argued that the Illinois legislature should act to remove as subjects of bargaining any due process language that undermines the Consent Decree or shields police misconduct from criminal prosecution.
Organized labor has remained silent on this and on the role of the FOP in general.
So have legislators who are considered progressives.
This silence will drag down organized labor, already in decline, as representatives of social justice.