- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - St. Clair County will pay $300,000 to a union that represents county sheriff’s road deputies after a state labor board found the county and sheriff’s department had engaged in an unfair labor practice.

The St. Clair County Board will vote Monday to establish the settlement fund and a new three-year labor contract with the union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 148, the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1vheSaq ) reported. The contract will run from Jan. 1 through December 2017.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board ruled in the union’s favor in 2011 after it filed a complaint. The complaint alleged the county and its sheriff’s department established a security division at MetroLink light rail stations in Illinois, which included two nonunion members, without going through a bargaining process.

The county disputes that it engaged in unfair labor practices but has agreed to pay the settlement by March.

When the settlement fund is created, the county must notify the union so the two parties can determine how amounts will be distributed to individual bargaining unit members, according to the agreement.

The union can reinstate compliance procedures under its original charge if settlement funds aren’t paid by March 15.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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