Saturday, May 30, 2009

Carson City, NV - Boris Badenov (aka Dave Kallas) Prevails Over Dudley Do Right (aka The RJ)


"CARSON CITY — The Assembly and Senate both approved an amended version of a bill today that will make the Clark County sheriff or his designee the sole negotiator with police union representatives in contracts for the Police Department.

Assembly Bill 130 had been killed in the Senate on an 11-10 vote on May 22, but Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, won a vote to revive the bill and added amendments that both houses approved."

San Bernardino, CA - It's Over Yogi! - Police Chief Mike Billdt retires - They can bring down the curtain.

The University of Alabama - Birmingham performance of the Pirates of Penzance - 2008


"SAN BERNARDINO - Police Chief Michael Billdt, who began his career with his department as a reserve officer in 1976, is now a private citizen.

Billdt, 53, spent Friday as his final day as police chief. He was San Bernardino's top law-enforcement officer for more than three years that were marked both by significant reductions in reported violent crime and a breakdown in his relationship with the rank and file.

Sworn officers twice voted no confidence in his leadership, and civilian employees did so once.

In addition to dealing with San Bernardino's knockaround politics, Billdt and other city officials have also had to contend with a budgetary crunch that has led to citywide spending cuts."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Atlanta, GA - When The Heart Gets Ahead of The Brain


Sometimes the heart gets out in front of the brain. The consequences are often severe. I know. I have been there many times. Scott Kreher, president of IBPO in Atlanta, now finds himself there - in a political purgatory.

Recently, he made an impromptu remark after testifying before a city council meeting and now has been consumed by this ad hoc quip. To any reasonable person, the remark is obviously an idiom. Unfortunately for Scott, political minds are not always reasonable minds. Before I get very far along this path of pontification, let me tell you what Scott said - "I want to beat her [Mayor Shirley Franklin] in the head with a baseball bat sometimes when I think about it,"

This all comes as the result of worker compensation claims that police officers believe are being stonewalled by the mayor's staff. I have no knowledge of that matter. Since making those ill advised remarks Scott has been suspended by the chief and now the mayor says she is filing a complaint. The fall of a good man is often sudden and steep.

I once had a seventh grade math teacher who had his bluff in on me and all the other students. On the first day of class (1959) he pulled out a big wooden paddle from his desk and then began dispensing the rules of conduct in his class. They were mostly boilerplate until he reached the last and most important directive. He pointed to his forehead and said "You can take the information in through the brain" and then paused for some time. He then continued "or I will write it on this paddle and beat it in the other end." I knew, he knew, we all knew that he did not mean that literally, but we did understand what he was driving at.

Scott, take your public flogging with humility and contriteness. It will soon be forgotten.

Shirley, a person of power's finest hour is when they dispense grace. Scott needs that grace today. A truly great person has the control to restrain their power at a time like this. My father was a strict but fair man. He was much like Lucas McCain - "The Rifleman." He was the Baptist minister in our town. Dad had a way of applying power in such a delicate and gentle manner. I think you have that same ability. Today, you are at a crossroad. You can choose the path of anger and retribution or you can choose the path of grace and forgiveness. I believe you know the right path to take..

Hartford, CT - Budget May Mean Cutting 30 Police Officers


"HARTFORD, Conn. -- The City Council could pass a budget it's been working on with the mayor any time now, but passing it could mean layoffs for the police department.
Leandro Santos said good police work has kept the neighborhood near his market safe. He said it's helped his business prosper.
He said word that the police force could shrink by as many as 30 officers worries him.
Eyewitness News obtained an e-mail sent Wednesday from Deputy Human Resources Director John Byrne to the city Police Union."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

San Francisco, CA - Labor ruling could sink police union's lawsuit


"A recent California appeals court decision in a labor-rights case is expected to make it difficult for the Escondido police union and other public safety unions across the state to overturn unfavorable contracts. The 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled that Senate Bill 440, a state law that passed in 2003, was unconstitutional. The law gave police and firefighter unions, which by law are not allowed to go on strike, the right to demand binding arbitration of contracts that they didn't like. It required cities and counties to abide by the arbitration panel's decision unless their governing bodies could muster a unanimous vote to overturn it."

Friday, May 22, 2009

Youngstown, OH - Police union rejects buyout plan


"Patrol officers oppose a decline in entry-level salaries to $24,000.
YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s police patrol officers union rejected an early-retirement buyout incentive, but the mayor said the city’s offer was not final, and he expects further negotiations next week.

The union rejected the deal Friday because it includes too many unfavorable provisions, a union official says.

Those provisions include reducing the entry-level annual salary of patrol officers from about $38,000 to $24,000 in one proposal from the city administration and to $27,000 in the other, said Doug Pesa, secretary-treasurer of the Youngstown Police Association."

Mesa, AZ - Police, firefighters press salary issues

Bryan Soller, FOP president


"Mesa's best young police officers could drift off to other cities if they don't begin receiving merit pay increases soon, the City Council was told Thursday.

Bryan Soller, president of the Mesa chapter of Fraternal Order of Police, said not restoring merit pay could be expensive in the long run because it costs up to $125,000 to train each new officer.

'We fear that we could lose our younger, cream-of-the-crop officers to other agencies once they start hiring,' Soller said. 'If we freeze merit pay, we have no real incentive for these younger officers not to look elsewhere.'"

San Jose, CA - Mayor optimistic on budget after union takes cuts

San Jose Police Officers' Association President Bobby Lopez


"Even with state officials threatening to raid local revenue amid the budget crisis, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Thursday said he would spare fire stations, park rangers, libraries and community centers from threatened cuts to bridge a $78 million shortfall."

San Jose Police Officers' Association President Bobby Lopez said that while
he's willing to discuss forgoing raises, his officers — who just signed a contract in January that gives them a 1.5 percent across-the-board raise in the next budget year — are hesitant to give that up to city officials who continue to spend money on what he considers nonessential events and programs such as the annual Mariachi Festival.

Wilmington, DE - Budget vote deferred - Collins says he has a deal


"WILMINGTON -- City Council tabled a vote on its next year's $145 million operating budget Thursday night to give the city and the city firefighters' union time to reach an agreement that could avert laying off eight young firefighters.

Before the meeting began, police union President George Collins announced that the city's Fraternal Order of Police lodge and the administration had settled their differences. Earlier in the day, the union leadership agreed to defer a scheduled raise for the fiscal year that begins in July. In exchange, the city agreed to give the officers the 2.5 percent raise in the 2011 fiscal year."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Atlanta, GA - Emotions Running High - Cop apologizes for saying he'd like to hit mayor


"The leader of Atlanta’s police union apologized Thursday for telling City Council members that he sometimes wants to beat Mayor Shirley Franklin “in the head with a baseball bat” when he thinks about problems disabled officers have getting workers’ compensation claims approved.

“I certainly apologize to the mayor for the comment I made; it was directed at the anger myself and fellow officers are struggling with when we see her administration showing a total lack of responsiveness to these concerns,” Atlanta police Sgt. Scott Kreher said."

San Angelo, TX - Officials support vote to increase police pay

Officer Carole A. Brown


"SAN ANGELO, Texas — Negotating teams for City Hall and local police organizations have given their blessing to a vote next week on a proposed law enforcement contract.

San Angelo Coalition of Police set the contract election for Wednesday. Officers can vote throughout the day.

Officers will vote to accept or reject the proposal, said Korby Kennedy, president of the San Angelo Coalition of Police.

Lisa Marley, human resources director for the city, said she will prepare single-sheet documents showing officers what their current salaries are and their salary increases over the next four years if the contract is approved.

“I think it’s a fair contract,” Kennedy said after Wednesday’s meeting. “I think we fixed something that’s been broken for 20 years.”"

San Francisco, CA - Charges filed against Gary Delagnes for foul language, public criticism

Note from Ron York - Only in San Francisco! Gary Delagnes, president of the SFPOA, is the modern day rendition of Harry Callahan - "Dirty Harry." The P.C. way is not his way. He just tells it like it is - in colorful language. Chief, if it is any consolation, Gary has not spared me from this acute frankness. Gary is equal opportunity. He gets everybody. As much I hate to admit it, he was right every time he chastised me. He has a disarming side also. My wife found him to be very charming when she met him. I can hear Gary now - "Marvelous!" God Bless Harry Callahan and Gary Delagnes.


"The brass at the SFPD is making sure you can’t call a supervisor a moron and get away with it.

Gary Delagnes, head of the Police Officers Association, was served with disciplinary papers last week for un-officer-like conduct for using vulgar language and referring to the Board of Supervisors in a not-so-flattering light, according to the union boss.

During hearings on police overtime in January, Delagnes complained that police should be allowed to do their jobs without the meddling of the Board of Supervisors. Delagnes, who can be unabashedly foul-mouthed, told the Chronicle that the supervisors were being “morons” and referred to them in a tongue-in-cheek manner as “geniuses.”"

Los Angeles, CA - L.A. County's election winners and losers



"It was a tough election cycle at Los Angeles City Hall. Now that the mailers and attack ads are behind us, whose fortunes rose -- and fell -- because of the whims of the electorate?


LAPD union: The Los Angeles Police Protective League spent nearly $746,000 on behalf of former prosecutor Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich, who defeated Councilman Jack Weiss in a runoff election. Even more significant: In a race that was notably nasty, the police union's ads were by and large positive."

Sacramento, CA - Police union balks at signing pay freeze

Brent J. Meyers, President Sacramento Police Officers Association
or as Ryan put it "Union Boss."


"The city's police union may not sign off on salary freezes designed to save nearly 70 officers if other unions do not agree to similar concessions and then are spared cuts by the Sacramento City Council.

In a letter to police officers obtained by The Bee, police union boss Brent Meyer wrote this week that he would only sign off on his union's tentative agreement with city officials if the City Council votes to 'hold each of the other bargaining units accountable.'"

Wilmington, DE - Budget includes layoffs for police and fire

FOP President George Collins


"WILMINGTON -- Last-minute negotiations between the city and its police and fire unions stalled Wednesday, setting up a vote on next year's budget by City Council tonight that includes layoffs of 17 police officers and eight firefighters.

Mayor James M. Baker's administration wants all municipal unions to accept pay freezes for the next fiscal year, which begins in July, in exchange for no layoffs. The blue- and white-collar unions have accepted the offer, as has the 10-member unit of high-ranking police officers."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Las Vegas, NV - Newspaper goes after Boris Badenov (aka Dave Kallas). Watch out Natasha


"The state Senate Government Affairs Committee completely ignored the issues of accountability and fiscal responsibility Friday. That’s when it approved an amendment that would prohibit Clark County and Las Vegas from participating in negotiations with the union that represents Metro Police officers.

As reported in Saturday’s Las Vegas Sun by David McGrath Schwartz and Joe Schoenmann, the committee wants only the sheriff to negotiate with the Police Protective Association on labor agreements.

David Kallas, who introduced the amendment as the union’s director of government affairs, argued that excluding the city and county from negotiations would eliminate bureaucracy that can impede a deal. But Kallas and the committee conveniently forget that it is the city and county that fund the police department."

Los Angeles - Police Union Submits 16 Ideas to Save LA Money


Police Union Submits 16 Ideas to Save LA Money - LAist: Los Angeles News, Food, Arts & Events: "The LAPD didn't get hit as hard as other departments in the City Council approved city budget, but the current plan does slow down hiring new officers. Now the Los Angeles Police Protective League has submitted their ideas to save the city money in order to get back on track of getting more officers on the streets. There are 16 in all, but some are not very specific to the department like installing wind and solar energy on government buildings. However, there are a few ideas that seem to have potential:"

Louisville, KY - Police car take-home fee rejected

Mayor Jerry Abramson


"Louisville metro government should stop charging its officers hundreds of dollars in fees for using their police cars after hours, a state hearing officer has decided.

Susan Durant, who heard the case for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, issued an opinion yesterday that metro police and Mayor Jerry Abramson violated collective-bargaining laws when they imposed the fees without union approval."

Los Angeles, CA - Police union to release cost savings ideas


"The union that represents Los Angeles police officers today released a set of recommendations that it says could save the city millions of dollars at a time when officers' contracts are being renegotiated.

The current agreement between the city and the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents the LAPD's rank and file, will expire June 30. Though talks are under way, it is unlikely that a new contract will be in place by that time."

"A Short Ride In A Fast Machine"


"Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped Johnny B. Goode
Playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell and lookin' like he should" - Ricky Nelson "Garden Party"

Richard "Dick" Boyd came by the office today. I haven't seen him for several years. We laughed and retold all those old stories that were very serious many years ago, but today seem comical. When we first met, I was about twenty-one and he was a mature twenty-five. We were young and arrogant. Youth would last forever, or at least we thought it would.

Today, two grandfatherly toreadors of the past chuckled about the brash youngsters that once occupied our mortal bodies. Following in our foot steps are another generation of arrogant "yutes". There is no turning back. The locomotive is moving full speed ahead. If Dick and I have done our jobs correctly there will be many more young, arrogant, optimistic dreamers to come. Oh, what a ride Dick and I have had. It has been a "Short Ride in a Fast Machine."

A Short Ride in a Fast Machine composed by John Adams

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Portland, ME - Police Union Upset About Layoffs

Union president Scott Dunham


"PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) -- The union for the Portland Police Department is angry that the city is laying off 6 members of the department, 5 of them officers.

The city had asked the union to approved a wage freeze or face layoffs. The union refused because it's contract was almost up and members had no pending wage increase to freeze.

Union president Scott Dunham says officers didn't expect to get a raise anyway, but had hoped to negotiate for some non-monetary changes. Both sides say they will continue to talk.

City Manager Joe Gray says if the police union agrees to a wage freeze by July 1st, the layoffs will not be necessary. He says when the contract is up, the city will be willing to negotiate on those the other issues."

Toledo, OH - Mayor refuses to meet with laid off police officers. - Instead, he dumps it in the chief's lap


"A group of laid-off Toledo police officers showed up Monday morning for the second time in four days hoping to meet with Mayor Carty Finkbeiner but were turned away in disappointment again.

Instead of the mayor, Police Chief Mike Navarre was called to the mayor's office to meet with the 22 former Toledo patrolmen.

Danielle Kasprzak, a patrolman and 7 1/2-year member of the department, said the group wanted answers about the city's budget situation and their jobs.

'The mayor refused to meet with us as a group,' Ms. Kasprzak said. 'We are supposed to call the secretary and set up a time to meet individually.'"

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Canton, OH - Lawyer hired by mayor for negotiations wasted city money


"I am writing to address the May 12 article regarding the contract proposal between the city of Canton and the Fraternal Order of Police (“Council approves new three-year FOP pact”).

I want to make it clear that attorney Gary Johnson had absolutely nothing to do with our coming to an agreement.

Mr. Johnson wrote a proposal that was so outlandish, the FOP walked out of negotiations after 30 minutes.

Mr. Johnson did help to make the negotiations last nearly six months while he ran up the tab for the city."

Hamilton, OH - Union willing to cut raises to avoid layoffs


Union willing to cut raises to avoid layoffs: "HAMILTON — With public safety jobs at stake, the city firefighters’ union has proposed to forego raises next year, and a police union proposal may soon follow.
The city clerk’s office sent out notice late Friday, May 15, that City Council would meet for an open special session Monday night, May 18, to consider possible changes to the city’s contract with the International Association of Firefighters Local 20.
In order to avoid layoffs, Hamilton firefighters have offered to forego 3 percent raises in 2010 and give up a confined space rescue team, saving the city more than $420,000 by the end of next year, said Union President Eric Abney."

Stamford , CT - Mayor asks finance board to restore funds to avoid police layoffs


"STAMFORD -- The mayor asked the Board of Finance on Saturday to restore funding for 23 police positions set for layoffs by the end of June.

The potential for police layoffs became a reality Thursday when the police union and city administration failed to reach an agreement on concessions to avoid staff reductions. City unions across the board had been faced with layoffs since the Board of Finance cut funding for salary and step increases in April.

All bargaining units, except police and Board of Education unions, reached pacts with the city involving furloughs or deferred raises to eliminate layoffs."

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Toledo, OH - Mayor Carty upset with TPPA president Dan Wagner

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"The mayor says Dan Wagner is irresponsible in how he's portraying union negotiations with the city.

Today, the mayor made sharp charges against the head of the police union. The mayor says Dan Wagner is irresponsible in how he's portraying union negotiations with the city.

The mayor is particularly upset with an incident involving laid off police officers yesterday. Bright and early Thursday morning, a dozen laid off police officers demanded to meet with the mayor to talk about getting their jobs back. And the leader of their union indicated to the mayor more sit-ins may come. Wagner says, 'These guys do not have a job and they're going to have the free time to do this time and time again until you come out to talk to them.'"

Los Angeles, CA - Bratton Hangs Tough - Councilman demands the Chief apology in L.A. budget dust-up


"Throwing another jab in the increasingly hostile battle over expanding the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl demanded an apology Friday from Police Chief William Bratton for a threat to pull officers from Rosendahl's Westchester-area district if he didn't vote for the budget.

And Councilman Greig Smith joined the fray, calling Bratton's threat 'bordering on extortion.'

The demand was issued as the City Council formally received Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed $7.01 billion budget for consideration on Monday as well as measures to take steps to lay off and furlough workers.

However, the political disputes of the week have focused on the split in the council's budget committee over police expansion and the subsequent response from an angry Villaraigosa, who said he found it 'galling' the council would oppose his police hiring plan."

Las Vegas, NV - City, county may lose say in police pay negotiations


"Under a last-minute amendment approved by a Senate committee Friday, the union that represents Metro Police would negotiate contracts directly with the sheriff, barring from bargaining sessions representatives of Las Vegas and Clark County, which fund the police department.

Detective David Kallas, director of government affairs for the Police Protective Association, who introduced the amendment in the Senate Government Affairs Committee, said eliminating city and county representatives from the process “eliminates layers of bureaucracy that’s an impediment from coming up with a deal.”"

Anchorage, AK - Police union agrees to wage concessions


"ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Anchorage Police Union has agreed to a major wage concession totaling millions of dollars over the next five years.

The city assumed it would happen and even used it as a means to balance its' 2009 budget.

After weeks of meetings and negotiations, the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association says it has agreed to take a three percent rollback on wages in the first year of a five year contract signed last December.

The plan had an overwhelming approval with 293 in favor and 83 against.

'I think the police employees felt compelled to meet the public half-way with this shortfall,' said APDEA President Derek Hsieh. 'One of the commitments we made early in this contract was that if there was a problem we would come forward and do what we could to help and I believe that we have done that here.'"

Friday, May 15, 2009

Nassau County, NY - Watchdog: Deal with Nassau cops has back-end costs


Watchdog: Deal with Nassau cops has back-end costs -- "A Nassau fiscal watchdog reported yesterday that a budget-cutting deal between County Executive Thomas Suozzi and the police detectives union will provide about $5.5 million in upfront savings but cost an additional $14 million over six years.

Eric Naughton, the county legislature's budget review director, also said the labor agreement does not increase incentives for detectives to retire. Instead, he said, it provides a financial benefit for detectives to wait an extra day to retire, so they can take advantage of a 3.75 percent pay increase -- adding about $10,500 to their average $280,000 severance check."

Stamford, CT - Negotiations fail; 23 cops to get pink slips


Negotiations fail; 23 cops to get pink slips - The Advocate: "STAMFORD -- The police department will lose 23 officers before July 1 as the union and city officials were unable to reach an agreement to avoid layoffs Thursday night, the union chief said.

The department now is understaffed by at least 21 officers, union President Joe Kennedy said. The added layoffs will turn 'one of the safest cities in America' to a city with 'no police coverage,' he said.

Meeting the city's demands would have been 'too costly' for the union, Kennedy said. The union has lost 29 officers -- bringing the force to 286 -- since a staffing high of 315 officers in 2001, he said. Eight other unions, including firefighters, reached tentative agreements to make concessions and avoid layoffs Thursday night, shortly before the 7 p.m. deadline. A ninth union, the MAA, reached an agreement two weeks ago.

At a monthly Board of Finance meeting Thursday night, city administrators said they could not provide details on the tentative agreements or the failed agreement with police until the finance board renders advisory opinions to the mayor and other lawmakers."

Los Angeles, CA - Chief Bratton Fights For His Department


Bratton to Rosendahl: So, you want to save money by not hiring cops? Then take that! | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times: "In an interview with KNX-AM (1070) radio this morning, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton called out City Council members Bernard C. Parks, Greig Smith and Bill Rosendahl by name, saying their vote last night to freeze police hiring as a budget-cutting measure was “shortsighted and dangerous.”

Bratton said the vote, if confirmed by the full council, would set the LAPD back years in its hiring efforts, and he accused the three councilmen of misleading the public on the severity of the proposed cut -- particularly in Rosendahl’s affluent Westside/coastal district."

Toledo, OH - Newspaper, Mayor, and Council Try Pressuring TPPA


Dragging it out

CITY Council took a step in the right direction this week when it voted to speed up negotiations between Toledo and the union representing the city's police officers. Now it's up to stubborn union leaders to recognize that dragging out the process likely will only hurt the officers themselves.

When council members voted 8-2 to skip fact-finding and go directly to binding arbitration in stalled contract talks, they put the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association on notice, in the words of council President Mark Sobczak, that council believes "the longer we wait, the worse the corrections to balance this out."

Lorain, OH - Fire, police cuts seen


Lorain fire, police cuts seen Morning Journal: Serving Lorain, Erie, Huron and western Cuyahoga counties: "LORAIN — The Lorain Fire Department has to reduce its daily minimum manpower starting Monday, and layoffs in the Lorain Police Department could still be coming in the 'very near future,' according to Safety Director Phil Dore.

The fire department does not have any more money for overtime this year, according to a letter Dore sent to Fire Chief Tom Brown yesterday. Daily minimum staffing is to shrink from 17 to 14 beginning Monday.

'You are commended for your efficient operation of the fire department, but unfortunately the annual budget does not include funding for any further overtime expenditures,' Dore writes."

Toledo, OH - Is Toledo's budget crisis overblown? - 5/14/09 - Toledo News -

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"A surprise twist tonight on Toledo's budget crisis. We've been told Toledo needs to erase a $27 million deficit. That's why police have been laid off and tax hikes and other cuts have been proposed.

But the police union insists the city's deficit is much lower snd the mayor knows it! Could it be that Toledo's budget crisis isn't as bad as we thought? Is the originail deficit of $27 million dollars wrong?

Police union president Dan Wagner insists the city's budget projections are wrong. The police union questioned a University of Toledo professor who conducted a financial analysis for Toledo."

Wilmington, DE - Police and Firefighters Facing Layoffs


"WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Wilmington officials say 17 Wilmington police officers and eight firefighters will be laid off July 1 unless their unions agree to forego raises in the next fiscal year.

City spokesman John Rago says the layoffs will save the city about $1.4 million. He says two other municipal unions have agreed to work at their current salary levels during the coming fiscal year.

Police union President George Collins asked the council Thursday to not pass a budget that includes layoffs of police officers or firefighters.

Firefighters union President Kevin Turner says the mayor should look for cuts in other places in the budget.

Mayor James Baker says the unions still have time to change their decisions since the city council won't vote on the final budget until May 21."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pomona, CA - Police agree to salary cuts


Pomona police agree to salary cuts - "Pomona police have agreed to take a five-percent salary reduction in a plan the union says will save the city $1.27 million through next June.

The Pomona Police Officers' Association voted to have officers take voluntary furloughs eight hours a month, officials said Wednesday. According to an agreement between the city and the union, officers will still work 80 hours per pay period, but the furlough hours will be used as paid leave at a later date."

Lubbock, TX - City Council approves resolution to raise police pay


Lubbock City Council approves resolution to raise police pay - KCBD, NewsChannel 11 Lubbock : "LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday the Lubbock City Council approved a resolution to increase police pay, but it's not clear where the needed money will come from.

Inside the Council Chambers it was standing room only as police told the City Council their concerns. 'It's about being competitive, and we want to be competitive because we want that top applicant,' said one police officer.
The Lubbock Police"

Orlando, FL - 15 Police Officers To Be Laid Off


15 Orlando Police Officers To Be Laid Off - News Story - WFTV Orlando: "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando police officers thought they were safe from city layoffs.
But 15 officers out of 700 on the force will soon be out of a job.

That has some residents concerned about how the city will be able to fight crime.
“It doesn't sound like that many but we need them,” said one resident.

The Fraternal Order of Police is upset because both the union and Police Chief Val Demings have submitted budget proposals that did not require cutting actual officers. But the union says the city rejected those ideas.

The police union thought the Orlando Police Department was only cutting certain programs and vacant positions"

Toledo, OH - TPPA Makes Bold Move - That's a chance you take, when the heat's on you - Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho



TPPA questions UT prof. on city's tax revenue - 5/13/09 - Toledo News - "The Toledo Police Patrolman's Union has spent the last couple hours questioning a UT professor who says the city is losing a lot of tax revenue. The City wants the police union to take a 10-percent pay cut blaming a huge budget deficit. But the police union says the City has more money than it claims, which is why the union subpoenaed Oleg Smirnoff. Smirnoff is a UT professor who worked up the numbers and determined Toledo was losing tax revenue."

Los Angeles, CA - Mayor Villaraigosa: "LA's Running Out of Cash Quick!"


KNX - Villaraigosa: "LA's Running Out of Cash Quick!": "LOS ANGELES (CBS) - The city of Los Angeles could run out of cash between November and February and has prompted Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to ask the City Council to declare a fiscal emergency.

By declaring a fiscal emergency, the city could move forward with the furlough plan without the approval of the employees' unions."

Los Angeles, CA - City Council Succumbs to Apocalypse Mentality - Mayor Too.

L.A. City Council committee outlines drastic budget cuts

Budget committee recommends police hiring freeze, 800 more layoffs, 26 unpaid furlough days and cuts to parks, libraries, street-paving and other city services to close an expected $530-million gap.


"The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday got down to the grim business of slashing spending to make up for an expected $530-million budget shortfall, starting with a possible police hiring freeze, mass layoffs and mandatory unpaid furloughs for city workers.

The recommended cuts, which were passed out of the council's Budget and Finance Committee, would eviscerate Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's police hiring program and almost certainly lead to significant cutbacks for parks, libraries, street-paving programs and other city services."

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Toledo, OH - Wagner Playing It Cool - Caught up in the action I've been looking out for you - Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho


"TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Toledo police cuts may not be finished and additional layoffs are possible. However, a new deal is in the works with the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association Union.

On Tuesday, Toledo City Council passed an ordinance authorizing contract negotiations with the patrolman's union to head to binding arbitration. The decision needs to be agreed upon by both parties, but the head of the TPPA has said no to the request.

TPPA President Dan Wagner says skipping the step of fact finding would make the union loose out on the ability to reject anything they believe to be unreasonable. That's something that could be decided by the fact finder."

Toledo, OH - "Good Morning Vallejo" - Toledo Mayor Wants Binding Arbitration - Now!

Note from Ron York - Good video with this article. I could not embed it.


"The city of Toledo wants to cut a deal with its police union and soon. Yesterday, council sided with the mayor calling for a third party to step in. This third party could settle the dispute but so far, only the city is on board. Those inside One Government Center are angling to strike a deal with those across the street. Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner says he wants to nail down a contract with the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association. The city and its union were scheduled to meet with a fact-finder in two weeks. Tuesday the mayor asked city council to make that meeting binding arbitration. That means the fact-finder would decide how the contract should go. Most of council approved. City council member Betty Schultz says, 'When we don't settle the whole in the budget gets bigger and bigger and bigger"

Washington, DC - Obama honors police heroes at the Whitehouse

Click photo to enlarge - Far right, Tommy Nee NAPO President


"President Obama on Tuesday honored 33 U.S. law enforcement officers who risked their lives -- from capturing terrorists to rescuing hostages held at gunpoint -- to protect and save others.

'It is an extraordinary privilege to celebrate these cops who have traveled here today to be recognized for their acts of courage,' the president said at the White House ceremony. 'These are the men and women who walk the beat and do the difficult job of keeping our neighborhoods safe.'"

Youngstown, OH Cops favor buyout deal over layoffs

Mayor Jay Williams (l)
YPA President Edward Colon (r)




"In the early retirement deal, officers would get one year’s salary paid equally over five years.

YOUNGSTOWN — City administrators have offered an early retirement buyout proposal to its police patrol officers in an effort to reduce, and possibly eliminate, layoffs at the police department.

The union’s membership will discuss the proposal at a meeting May 21."
.Meanwhile, the department’s ranking officers voted Tuesday to accept a buyout deal.

Union leaders with the Youngstown Police Association, which represents about 115 patrol officers, met Tuesday with Mayor Jay Williams and his administration to discuss the proposal for the first time.

“It was OK,” YPA President Edward Colon said of the proposal. “There’s a lot to consider.”

Auburn, CA - Police union sues city over unilateral changes


"The Auburn Police Officers’ Association is suing the city of Auburn for alleged unfair labor practices.

The lawsuit, filed May 7, lists the city, Auburn Police Department, Chief Valerie Harris and City Manager Bob Richardson as defendants.

According to the Association’s attorney David Mastagni and the lawsuit filed in Placer County Superior Court, police officers’ schedules were unilaterally changed without consent from or negotiating in good faith with the union."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Long Beach , CA - Tsunami reaches Long Beach - City employees asked to forgo pay raises


"LONG BEACH - City Manager Pat West is asking city employees to forgo scheduled pay raises to cut an expected $43.3 million general fund budget deficit in half in the 2010 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

In a press conference at City Hall this afternoon, West laid out his plan to eliminate the upcoming budget deficit shortly before he was to make the same presentation to the City Council during a special budget meeting at 3:30 p.m.

West said the city will have $422.1 million in expenses and $378.8 million in revenues in its general fund in the 2010 fiscal year. The general fund includes basic services such as police, fire, libraries, street repairs and parks, but doesn't include self-sustaining departments such as Water and Harbor."

Toledo, OH - You can make a break, you can win or lose - Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho


"TOLEDO, Ohio - An end might be in sight to those on going negotiations between the city of Toledo and the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association . City administrators and the council have decided to put their best deal forward.

Council members voted Tuesday night to enter into binding arbitration. That basically means when that neutral third party comes back to town, the city will put its offer on the table. Details of that deal aren't being released. If the union agrees to the arbitration, that neutral third party will decide right then and there which side's deal will be accepted."


Stamford, CT - City close to union agreements that avoid layoffs


STAMFORD -- The city is close to finalizing concessions agreements with six city unions seeking to avoid layoffs, the mayor said Monday in a letter to Stamford lawmakers.
Unions have been faced with renegotiating contracts since the Board of Finance cut funding for salary increases last month in a move to lower the tax hike in the coming year.
Mayor Dannel Malloy said four unions -- those representing waste haulers, health care workers, dental hygienists and Water Pollution Control authority employees -- have reached tentative agreements that outline specific plans to accommodate the budget cuts.
Two others, United Auto Workers and the registered nurses union, have made written commitments to reach an arrangement with the city, although those unions have not yet settled on specific agreements. Three others -- unions for police, firefighters and lawyers -- are still in discussions with the city.

Gary, IN - City facing continued loss of police officers


Gary facing continued loss of police officers --

"GARY, Ind. - The head of the Gary police union says low pay is among the reasons for a continuing exodus of officers from the department.

City officials say the Police Department has 218 officers on its roster, down from nearly 300 a few years ago. The Fraternal Order of Police leader, however, says at least four current officers are on military leave and nine are on extended sick leave.

FOP President Del Stout says the recent departures include three officers who joined railroad police and others who took jobs with nearby departments, including Portage, Dyer and Lake Station"

Montgomery County, MD - Police Union Demands Personal Use of Cruisers as Part of Deal


Police Union Demands Personal Use of Cruisers as Part of DealNewsChannel 8:

Montgomery County (web news) , Md. - One Montgomery County union's proposal is drawing some criticism as the county tries to get county employees to give up their cost of living wage increase.

All of the unions were asked to give up their cost of living increase because of the tough economic times. As an alternative to the raise, the police union wants its officers to be able to use their police cruisers for more than driving around for work. The county executive has agreed to the concessions, but some members of council may not be so quick to give the green light."

Bakersfield, CA - City, police union spar over retirement and pay


City, police union spar over retirement and pay KGET TV 17:

"The Bakersfield city manager is grappling with the local police officers union over pay and retirement age amid intense budget negotiations.

Members of the Bakersfield Police Officers Association say they're being asked to forego benefits and money they've been promised.

But City Manager Alan Tandy said these are tough times.

'I can't wave that magic wand I can't make the economy get better or tax collections go up, so we have to deal with what we have,' Tandy said.

The fight between Tandy and the union has spilled onto radio, with ads encouraging listeners to call their council member and ask what they are doing to ensure public safety.

The city and BPOA locked horns over salary increases and upping the retirement age to 55.

The union accuses Tandy of withholding information from council members and endangering public safety by paring back the number of officers on the streets.

'It's been stall tactics, stall tactics, stall tactics, said BPOA president Bill Ware' 'It seems like we're negotiating against ourselves. We give them an offer and it seems like it's not good enough.'

'It really seems it's been a one way street,' Ware added.

But Tandy says if the union would be more flexible on the retirement issue, raising the age from 50 to 55, the city might be able to hire more officers to patrol the streets.

'We have been discussing with them taking it down (the retirement program down) a notch to what would still be a great program, But would not be as luxurious,' Tandy said.


Lubbock, TX - Police 15% pay raise plan comes back to council


"LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Once again the question of police pay comes before the Lubbock City Council this week. Lubbock Police Officers want a 15% pay-raise. The Lubbock Professional Police Association says a pay raise vital so that Lubbock can compete with other cities to get good officers.

The LPPA also says that Lubbock ranks 42nd best in Texas for police pay but we're the 12th largest city in Texas."

San Francisco, CA - Should Oakland and other U.S. cities replace police with armed mercenaries?

Riot in Oakland, January 2009
(National Black Newspaper)

Should Oakland and other U.S. cities replace police with armed mercenaries? San Francisco Bay View:

"The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons and certainly with the U.S. military/ national security/ intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq - more than the number of U.S. soldiers - and Obama is continuing"

Canton, OH - City approves new contract with police union


"City Council voted 11-0 Monday night to approve a new three-year contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.

The union represents 43 ranking police officers — captains, lieutenants and sergeants — but not the chief or deputy chief. Under the contract, ranking officers will receive a 3 percent wage increase in 2009."

Escondido, CA - Police union quizzing residents about possible recall effort


"ESCONDIDO ---- The labor union representing Escondido police officers used computer-generated phone calls this weekend to ask city residents whether they would support recall efforts against any members of the City Council.

The phone campaign comes amid contentious negotiations over compensation cuts that city officials are seeking from the 150-member union to close widening city budget deficits.

During similar negotiations in March, the union mailed a provocative flier to 17,000 Escondido homes claiming that 'gang members outnumber police officers by almost 6 to 1.'"

Toledo, OH - The Heat Is On, On The Street - Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho


"Dan Wagner, president of the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association union representing 482 police officers, said yesterday that 'the mayor's just trying to use terroristic tactics.'

He said the police unions will stick with the negotiating schedule, which calls for the union and city to meet for a second time with a fact-finder at the end of the month.

Mr. Wagner said the TPPA and Firefighters Local 29 have subpoenaed University of Toledo professor Oleg Smirnov for a sworn deposition tomorrow at the police union hall.

The unions want Mr. Smirnov to answer questions about predictions he and another UT academic made in February about an abrupt decline in city income tax revenue in 2009."

Monday, May 11, 2009

San Diego, CA - 100-plus cops might retire before July 1


"SAN DIEGO — Sgt. Tony Johnson has worked his whole career to get where he is now, in a coveted supervisor's spot on the Cold Case Homicide team. He thought retirement was two more years away, until he learned what it might cost him to stay. Johnson, 52, is among numerous seasoned San Diego police officers who are speeding up their retirement plans to avoid being hit with the new terms of their city-imposed contract, which takes effect July 1."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Los Angeles, CA - L.A. Cops Win Donning and Doffing Law Suit


“This is a huge deal,” said Paul M. Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League that represents the LAPD’s rank-and-file officers. The union has filed another lawsuit on the issue in a different court.

The impact of Feess’ ruling on LAPD salaries remains to be seen. One attorney familiar with the case questioned whether officers worked enough hours each month to meet a threshold contained in the Fair Labor Act. But, with salaries starting at about $55,000 in the LAPD and officers arguing that the ruling should be retroactive, the implications are potentially large."

Carson City, NV - SALARIES QUESTIONED: Pay for government workers in Nevada are straining budgets


"At a legislative hearing last month, the leader of a government-employee union declared that the Democrats' crushing victory in November was a mandate for organized labor.

Since the election, however, the stock market has plummeted, Nevada's foreclosure and unemployment rates have skyrocketed to some of the highest in the country and state lawmakers -- who scoffed at Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons' budget cuts in January as severe, short-sighted and unnecessary -- are faced with a deficit that grew to about $900 million based on figures released May 1."

Lansing, MI - State Police layoffs show how far we have fallen


"A few dozen new Michigan State Police troopers milled outside a House committee room last week, hoping their presence might dissuade lawmakers from axing their jobs in June, per Gov. Jennifer Granholm's budget reduction order.

But while they have the power to stop a car doing 83 mph on I-96, the December graduates of the 121st Trooper Recruit School couldn't halt a budget vote that made their future uncertain."

Toledo, OH - The Toledo Municipal Strike of 1979: When chaos reigned


"Thirty years ago, Toledo’s mayor and its City Council members were at an impasse with the city’s police and fire unions — much as they are today.

Back then, the disputes were over pay raises, benefits, and the number of police officers and firefighters assigned to each crew.

The impasse led to what many people viewed as an illegal walkout of 3,400 municipal employees on the morning of July 1, 1979. It occurred during the era of runaway inflation at the end of President Jimmy Carter’s administration, months after Chicago firefighters and Memphis police had gone on strike."

Toledo, OH - Mayor Wants 15% Pay Cuts


"Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner called Saturday for city employees in five unions to accept 15 percent pay cuts for a year.

He also vowed to return 40 percent of his $136,000 annual salary, which means he has offered to sacrifice $54,400.

The moves are the latest developments as the city attempts to close the $21.3 million shortfall in its general fund."

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Henderson, NV - negotiating to scrap cost-of-living raises


"The Henderson City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to scrap an automatic 3.5 percent raise for non-union supervisors and executives, while announcing that it had reached a tentative agreement with its police unions to do the same.

The increase for supervisors and executives was scheduled to go into place July 1. The council also voted to cancel a planned 0.66 percent increase in the matching contribution the city makes to those employees’ retirement accounts that was scheduled to begin Jan 1."

Youngstown, OH - council ratifies pact with police to help avoid layoffs


"YOUNGSTOWN — City council ratified an early-retirement agreement with the union representing its ranking police officers that is expected to reduce, and possibly eliminate, job losses in that department.
The union will vote next week on a the plan that would give each participant a year’s base salary paid evenly over five years. Also, today, council gave approval to the police department to seek proposals to lease 160 Tasers for its police officers."

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tulsa, OK - Budget targets salaries: Taylor plans job cuts, unpaid furloughs


"Job cuts, unpaid employee furloughs, utility rate hikes, and police and fire academies are all part of the nearly $578 million budget plan Mayor Kathy Taylor delivered to the City Council on Thursday.

The total budget is $8 million — or 1.4 percent — less than last year.

The operating budget is $528 million, a 0.9 percent increase, and the capital budget is $49 million, a 20.3 percent decrease.

'Let me be very clear on one point: This is not my preferred budget,' Taylor told councilors. 'But the harsh reality is that this is a year of historic economic challenges.' Job cuts, unpaid employee furloughs, utility rate hikes, and police and fire academies are all part of the nearly $578 million budget plan Mayor Kathy Taylor delivered to the City Council on Thursday.

The total budget is $8 million — or 1.4 percent — less than last year.

The operating budget is $528 million, a 0.9 percent increase, and the capital budget is $49 million, a 20.3 percent decrease.

'Let me be very clear on one point: This is not my preferred budget,' Taylor told councilors. 'But the harsh reality is that this is a year of historic economic challenges.'"

Toledo, OH - Collision of forces created huge deficit


"Personnel perks the city can't afford, tax revenues that don't keep pace with the cost of city government, and a collapse in the national economy have come together simultaneously to create the perfect financial storm.

In the recent past, city officials have managed to tie the knots in the city's fraying financial ends enough to prevent dramatically affecting daily life in the city.

That ended yesterday when 75 Toledo police officers - one-sixth of the patrol ranks - were laid off, with more layoffs possible."

Longmont, CO - City Says Negotiations Are Expensive


"LONGMONT — City officials say bargaining with police and fire unions for their first-ever labor contracts is going to be a pricey process.

The city hired labor attorney Martin Semple to help with the bargaining process and set aside $40,000 for his services, money carried over from last year’s Longmont City Council contingency fund.

But, officials say, that won’t be the city’s only cost."

Plano, TX - Fire union's political clout grows


"In the face of Plano's worst budget squeeze in years, one constituency seems almost impervious to talk of big cuts: the Fire Department.
Part of that is recognition of the department's critical nature and of those willing to put themselves in harm's way.
But the department also can credit the Plano Firefighters Association, which in its short political life has emerged as City Hall's most potent special interest."

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Newcastle County, DE - Police layoffs to begin in NCCo


"Layoffs will begin in the New Castle County Police Department, New Castle County Executive Chris Coons announced Friday, saying he was unable to reach an agreement with the police union over salary reductions.

The number of layoffs and positions that will be cut -- whether among patrol, detectives, support staff or personnel -- likely will be announced next week.
Coons was seeking a 5 percent pay cut from all of the county's roughly 1,500 employees as part of his plan to reduce the government's $40 million budget shortfall. More than 900 workers have agreed to the reduction, saving $3.1 million"

Boston, MA - Lawmakers Move to Save Quinn Bill


"Last night, House lawmakers voted 101-to-40 to restore about $25 million to the budget to protect pay bonuses for police officers who hold college degrees.
The so-called Quinn Bill, passed in 1970, supplies salary boosts to police officers who earn a law enforcement, criminal justice, or law degree. The program typically costs taxpayers about $100 million a year, split equally between the state and local communities where the officers work.
Police unions were seeking $50 million in state funding, the same amount they got this year, and had secured 81 representatives to sign on to their cause"

Toledo, OH - 75 Toledo police officers laid off in city cash crunch

Mayor, council at odds on fixing deficit
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner called on council members to cure the city budget deficit.



"Seventy-five Toledo police officers turned in their badges and guns Friday as the city's elected officials spent most of the day pointing fingers at each other in blame for the layoffs and the city's budget crisis.
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner - who lowered the number of police layoffs from 150 - said it would be up to Toledo City Council to act swiftly and prevent another 75 officers, or more, from being laid off."

WZTV FOX 17/Nashville

WZTV FOX 17/Nashville: "Metro employees would also see their salaries and bonuses frozen under the plan.

Something the Fraternal Order of Police says is going to be hard to take.

'It's very frustrating to officers who for the last 5 years have been successful in driving down crime and making the city safe to have to go through this,' said FOP President Robert Weaver.Metro employees would also see their salaries and bonuses frozen under the plan.

Something the Fraternal Order of Police says is going to be hard to take.

'It's very frustrating to officers who for the last 5 years have been successful in driving down crime and making the city safe to have to go through this,' said FOP President Robert Weaver."

Youngstown, OH - Deal struck to lessen layoffs in Youngstown


Deal struck to lessen layoffs in Youngstown - Local & Regional News -, The Vindicator: "YOUNGSTOWN — City officials have reached an agreement in principle on an early-retirement buyout plan with a police union that could reduce the number of city workers losing their jobs.
The Youngstown Police Ranking Officers — which represents the department’s sergeants, detective sergeants, lieutenants and captains — and city council must approve the plan before it’s finalized, Mayor Jay Williams said."

Friday, May 01, 2009

Toledo, OH - Command officers win injunction


Command officers win injunction: "TOLEDO, Ohio - The City of Toledo will not be laying off Toledo Police command officers - at least not Friday.
Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick McDonald ruled in favor of the Toledo Police Command Officers' Association in their request for an injunction regarding the laying off of 20 command personnel beginning May 1.
Friday morning's order reads, '...the City of Toledo and its agents are restrained from implementing the layoffs of the Toledo Police Command Officers' Association's bargaining unit members who were issued layoff notices on March 13 and April 17. It is further ordered that the defendant City of Toledo pay the costs of this action.'"

Toledo, OH - 75 Toledo Police Officers saved from getting cut


75 Toledo Police Officers saved from getting cut : News : WNWO NBC24: "TOLEDO -- “I have listened to the community. I have listened to council.” Those are the words from Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner as he announces that he has saved 75 police officers from being cut. He said he directed Police Chief Mike Navarre to use a $1.4-million justice assistance grant immediately.
“This is certainly not a good thing but better than the loss of 150,' said Police Chief Mike Navarre. The Chief says this means the Gang Task Force will remain and the city will keep two SWAT units and maintain the current amount of patrol officers. However, the mounted patrols will still get cut."

Escondido, CA - Unions, city find common ground


"ESCONDIDO — Escondido's city manager and employee union leaders have had a rare meeting of minds. They each agreed to give up something to help close a $6.3 million budget gap in the coming fiscal year. In a conceptual deal that has to be ratified by the City Council"

Stockton, CA - 55 cops to get layoff notices


"In the failed police talks, the administration and the Stockton Police Officers Association have for months feuded about how much of a raise officers are owed in addition to a 9.5 percent increase authorized last year.

At the Police Department, 'morale is kind of split,' interim Police Chief Blair Ulring said. He said many young officers feel they have little voice in the union and that the union does not have their best interest in mind. He said many older officers feel the union is justifiably seeking what it believes its officers are owed.

Officer Steve Leonesio, the union president, said Ulring's assessment is inaccurate and that the union's position has great support.

'I think he's out of touch with that,' Leonesio said. 'I think we're the strongest we've been.'"

Toledo, OH - Mayor Says There Was Never A Deal


"Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said Thursday there was never a tentative labor agreement reached earlier this week with the city’s patrolmen and accused the union’s president of misleading the public.

“Contrary to comments made by [Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association] President Dan Wagner, the city and TPPA never had an agreement on a new contract,” Mr. Finkbeiner said."