Firefighters Claim Oak Brook's Trying to Intimidate Union

By Kutz, Karen | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 20, 1996 | Go to article overview

Firefighters Claim Oak Brook's Trying to Intimidate Union


Kutz, Karen, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Karen Kutz Daily Herald Correspondent

Oak Brook firefighters filed a complaint Monday accusing village officials of using intimidation tactics while negotiating the union's first contract.

Represented by Teamsters Local 714, the firefighters asked the Illinois Labor Relations Board to stop village officials from contracting with outsiders to fill two positions.

"By hiring new contract fire-medics, they are taking our jobs away," firefighter/paramedic Stephanie Smith told trustees recently.

The complaint comes as the union representing 22 Oak Brook firefighters negotiates its first contract after unionizing last year.

"Their actions are working toward privatization, which is why we decided to go union in the first place," firefighter Frank Richter said. "It's an erosion of the bargaining unit."

But Village Manager Stephen Veitch said the board's 4-2 vote last week to contract for firefighter/paramedics from Paramedic Services Inc. had nothing to do with the labor talks.

"We already have a contract with a company that supplies us with those people," Veitch said. …

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