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Fraternal Order of Police statement on Labor Day

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge and Labor Council salute all working men and women in the state of Illinois this Labor Day, particularly the law enforcement officers, emergency telecommunicators, corrections officers, probation officers, and support personnel working in the law enforcement field who will be on duty to help make the holiday safe and enjoyable for everyone.

“This Labor Day, take a moment to appreciate the work that law enforcement officers do that maintains and protects our society,” said FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. “Because law enforcement does not take a holiday, all people are free to advocate for higher wages, better benefits, safe workplaces, and fair treatment on the job.”

“Remember the courage and dedication of those who work every day in one of the nation’s most dangerous and demanding jobs,” said FOP Labor Council Executive Director Shawn Roselieb. “Honor their service by recognizing the workers who built this nation and keep it running, and make sure everyone’s right to fair compensation for an honest day’s work is never diminished.”

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP State Lodge, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is a law enforcement union representing more than 11,600 professionals in more than 514 bargaining units who work in the criminal justice system. The Labor Council negotiates and enforces contracts and improves salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Its members include police officers who work for municipalities, universities, and elected Constitutional officials; county sheriff’s deputies, correctional and court security officers; probation officers; 911 telecommunicators; law enforcement records personnel; and some related support staff. Visit www.fop.org for more information.

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