Effective January, 2004, the Board of Directors has implemented a new committee named the Grievance/Legal Review Committee.
When a member of the MPSO requests that a grievance be filed or a legal defense/offense be prepared, he/she shall make the request to one of the committee members. Based on majority vote, the committee shall have the option to do any combination of the following:
– File the grievance
– Not file the grievance
– Authorize the use of MPSO funds for legal defense/offense
– Not authorize the use of MPSO funds for legal defense/offense
– Refer the decision to the full Board of Directors
– Request an independent evaluation of the file from legal counsel on the merits of the discipline or the Organization’s duty of fair representation
The President shall report the activities of the Grievance/Legal Review Committee to the full Board of Directors at their next regular meeting. Any member of the Board of Directors shall have the ability to call for a full board vote of the committee’s action. The vote of the full board shall supersede the committee’s vote.
If the requesting member does not agree with the decision of the Grievance/Legal Committee, he/she shall be allowed to request the full Board of Directors vote on the matter.
This committee has been created to ensure that any expenditure of MPSO funds are in the best interests of the Organization as a whole. As all of us are aware, at times people may involve themselves in matters/conduct that are violations of the law, ordinances, or departmental rules. As long as the member is treated fairly by the department, grievances, lawsuits, etc., which can be very expensive, may sometimes not be warranted. Conversely, any time a member of the MPSO is treated unfairly, the resources of the Organization will be brought to bear in order to vigorously defend that member.
The members of this committee are currently Nick Kerhin, Ben Canniff, and Scott Charles.
This policy was published in the February 2004 newsletter.
Incurring legal costs outside this procedure is at the member’s risk, as funds may not be released by the Board of Directors (and likely won’t).