About time, a nice one for us. Link on title for the rest of the article.
This is also the first time, we have ever seen, the media print anything about our manpower shortages. City has not decided if they will appeal the decision. Our opinion, it would be a waste of money for the city to try and fight this ruling.
However, it is clear that the [federal act] does not authorize the city to balance those challenging concerns on the backs of police personnel by awarding them compensatory time in lieu of cash payments for overtime work, then depriving them of the ability to use that compensatory time for reasons not permitted by the statute."
Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue hailed the ruling as a victory for rank-and-file officers who give the city weeks', even months' notice to attend family events, only to be refused because the city says it's "short" police personnel.
Manpower shortages in Chicago's 25 police districts were already a focal point in police contract negotiations.