The O’Fallon Police Officers Association (OPOA) and O’Fallon Police Supervisors Association (OPSA) typically have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) each year, outlining numerous items and rules.
O’Fallon Communications Director Tom Drabelle explained, “The 2021 MOUs are essentially an extension of the current agreements for the following year. There are some minor text changes and a slight change in how the shift differential works on the OPOA agreement, but otherwise, the terms are basically the same.”
Drabelle further clarified, “The OPOA and OPSA actually approached the city and suggested that in light of the pandemic and the challenges of this year, it might be in the best interest of the city and the organizations to continue with the existing terms.”
The city of O’Fallon agreed, and after a few minor clean-up items were resolved, the agreement was ready for approval by the council.
At the City Council meeting on Nov. 12, council member Katie Gatewood (Ward 5) moved to table the first MOU resolution until the next meeting, in order to allow time for council members to receive and review red-lined versions showing the changes from the previous MOUs.
The council defeated Gatewood’s motion to table by a vote of 5-2. Council members Gatewood and Deana Smith (Ward 1) voted to table, others present voted in opposition. Council members Debbie Cook (Ward 5), Dr. Jim Ottomeyer (Ward 4), and Dave Hinman (Ward 1) were absent/excused.
Gatewood did not move to table the second resolution.
Resolution 11-12-2020G covering the OPOA memorandum and Resolution 11-12-2020H covering the OPSA memorandum then were passed by votes of 5-2 and 5-2, respectively. Council members Gatewood and Smith voted against both resolutions.
Both new agreements are for Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2021. The current MOUs for 2020 will expire at the end of this year.
MOUs include rules such as police officer rights, dues, lodge activities, no strikes/job actions, annual budget, management rights, probationary officer rules, work hours, holidays, sick leave, transfers, promotions, and retirement.
They also outline compensation plans, legal representation, equipment, life insurance, health insurance and dependent insurance.