ROBBINS, Ill. – The Mayor of Robbins is trying to figure out the best way to get cops to come back to work after they fail to show up about working conditions.

Thirteen Robbins police officers did not show up for work that weekend, but the union said it was not a strike.

“Safety was a top priority and safety is still a top priority,” said Mayor Darren Bryant.

The police cite a lack of resources, low wages and security conditions as well as the fact that they have been working without a contract since spring 2020 as the main concerns.

Bryant has been in office since May and said his administration was unaware of the unfair labor practices dispute that has been an issue since 2016 – when the former mayor refused to sit down with the police union.

“This government is destined and determined to find solutions in all ways,” said Bryant.

With the blessing of the village, police bought new bulletproof vests valued at $ 480 on Monday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s deputies held an appeal Monday afternoon in front of the Robbins Police Department. Robbins officials are said to be back on duty at 7 a.m. on Tuesday

The city and the police union will resume negotiations on Tuesday at 9 a.m. A new police chief will be sworn in on Tuesday evening.

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