Saturday, October 22, 2011

Las Vegas - Police Union Backs Contract With Cuts

Las Vegas police union backs contract with cuts - News - "Members of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association approved a new labor contract with the Metropolitan Police Department that maintains pay raises for current officers but will do away with "longevity increases" for future hires.

The state's largest police union voted 1,108-250 in favor of the deal. The electronic voting began Sunday and concluded Friday morning.

The pact still needs approval from the Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs, a board made up of representatives from the city of Las Vegas and Clark County that authorizes police spending.

The committee meets Monday to consider the agreement.

"I think it is a gigantic deal," said Chris Collins, executive director of the union. "It is a huge dollar savings to the city and the county."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Miami-Dade - Live Video of Yesterday's Negotiation

Miami-Dade County administrators were meeting with police union representatives Tuesday at a public contract negotiation session to try to hammer out a deal to keep 90 officers on the force. Dozens of officers descended on the meeting at County Hall, where the county is looking to trim 21 percent in police salary and benefits.

Negotiation Session for Miami-Dade Police | NBC Miami: "Miami-Dade County administrators were meeting with police union representatives Tuesday at a public contract negotiation session to try to hammer out a deal to keep 90 officers on the force.

Dozens of officers descended on the meeting at County Hall, where the county is looking to trim 21 percent in police salary and benefits.

Several officers crowded the 18th floor room wearing T-shirts with the words "We Fight What You Fear," and holding signs reading "End Pension Cuts.""

Miami-Dade - Gimenez Stings Like A Bee - Rivera Rope-A-Dopes - Round Two Friday

Miami-Dade police union, county moving closer to contract - Miami-Dade - "With threatened layoffs shelved for now, Miami-Dade’s police union and county administrators agreed Tuesday on several minor provisions of a new contract and will begin mulling ways to trim about $70 million more from the budget.

High on the look-at list: 10 unpaid furlough days.

Both sides said they viewed Tuesday’s public session at Miami-Dade County Hall — jam-packed with hundreds of officers and supporters — as a step forward while they prepare for another bargaining round Friday morning.

Earlier this month, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who is seeking to slash $239 million from the county’s budget, had said he would issue layoff notices to 90 officers if a new cost-cutting contract was not reached by Monday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Miami-Dade - Showdown At OK Corral - Today 10:00 AM

Miami-Dade police union to negotiate with county in public Tuesday - Miami-Dade - "With layoffs shelved for now, Miami-Dade’s police union is scheduled to negotiate with county administrators Tuesday morning at a public bargaining session.The meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at County Hall, is expected to be attended by scores of police officers and their supporters.

Earlier this month, Mayor Carlos Gimenez — who is seeking to slash $239 million from the county’s budget — had said he would issue layoff notices to 90 officers if a cost-cutting contract was not reached by Monday.  But after the county struck a tentative deal with firefighters last week, administrators agreed as a “show of good faith” to hold off on issuing the pink slips. The county is seeking a cut of 21 percent in police salary and benefits."

Sarasota, FL - City Tables 401(k) Idea For Police

City of Sarasota tables 401(k) idea for police | "SARASOTA - More than 100 Sarasota police employees and members of their families filled City Hall Monday night to protest a proposed package of reductions in police pensions — cost-cutting moves that officers said could damage the police force for years to come.

Officers argued that a proposal to move to a plan similar to a 401(k), rather than a guaranteed "defined benefit" pension plan, was too extreme of a cut.

The protests by officers and their supporters appeared to have an impact, as the city commission late Monday night approved a compromise plan that did not make the most drastic of proposed cuts."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Miami-Dade - Police Avoid Layoffs, For Now

Miami-Dade police officers avoid layoffs, for now - Miami-Dade - "Mayor Carlos Gimenez backed off sending pink slips to 90 officers, as he had planned to do, as the union and county work to iron out a new cost-cutting contract.

Ninety Miami-Dade Police officers won’t receive layoff notices Monday, after all, as the police union and county administrators continue negotiating a new contract this week.

Earlier this month, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez insisted that if a cost-cutting collective bargaining deal was not reached, pink slips would go out to 90 officers on Monday, to be effective in early November. On Sunday, he backed down, at least for a few days.

“The layoff letters are not going out on October 17th,” a mayoral spokeswoman said in an e-mail to The Miami Herald. “Discussions will continue at the next bargaining session” on Tuesday."

Jacksonville - Police Union Saga 2 Years and Counting

FOP President, Nelson Cuba
City, police union saga 2 years and counting; new and old leaders at the forefront | "Nevertheless, much of the local union lodge seems to continue to support its leader, with even those who are opposed to the hard line that president Nelson Cuba is taking saying they think most officers agree with it.

"Cuba gets a lot of blame from the politicians, but WE voted, and he is carrying out our wishes, as he was elected to do," said David Haskett, state trustee for the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

The real test of Cuba's leadership will come toward the end of the year, when the local lodge votes in its president. Cuba has had the job for eight years and ran unopposed in the past two elections, and no one has yet stepped forward with a challenge."

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Utica, NY - PBA Negotiations Reach Impasse

Contract talks between UPD and city at impasse | NBC-WKTV News Channel 2 - Utica News, Weather, Sports - | Local News: "UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Contract negotiations between the Utica Police Department and the city have broken down. Their contract expired in March.

"Our lawyer felt it was a waste of time and money to sit down with them when there's a new administration coming in that we could probably settle a contract with," says PBA President Dominick Nitti.

Utica Mayor David Roefaro, who is not seeking reelection, says it doesn't matter who is sitting in his office come January 1.

"The bottom line is I will not budge from the zero. It has to be a zero, but a zero isn't a zero if you have what they call a change of language. If you change language and language equates to dollars and cents in the long run, then you didn't achieve your zero," says Roefaro.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Santa Fe - Fire Settles - Police At Impasse

Council OKs firefighter contract - The Santa Fe New Mexican: "Santa Fe city government and one of its employee labor unions came to agreement Wednesday about a contract for the rest of the fiscal year, but negotiations over cost-cutting from other labor contracts don't appear headed for a quick resolution.
The City Council ordered the city manager to find $600,000 worth of budget savings in employee contracts for the fiscal year that began on July 1. City Manager Robert Romero said late Wednesday that an impasse has been declared in negotiations with the Police Officers Association. A meeting with a mediator is scheduled for Friday, he said.

 Meanwhile, relations between the police union and the city have been strained in recent months as management and rank-and-file workers appeared in court to argue over whether the city manager appropriately terminated a police officer. Police union President Adam Gallegos didn't return a phone message late Wednesday. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cape Coral - Police and Fire Face Exodus

Cape Coral faces police exodus | The News-Press | "The number of sworn officers at the Cape Coral Police Department has dropped by almost 6 percent this year, keeping it near the bottom ranking in the state when it comes to officers per residents.

The police union, which has been in a bitter fight with the mayor and city manager over pay cuts, says the decline is due to how the police officers are being treated, but city officials say it’s impossible to know why officers are leaving.

Over the past year the number of officers has dropped from 228 to 215.  Firefighters, who also have been battling the city over pay, have been going to new jobs as well."

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Miami-Dade - It Has Hit The Fan - Police Face Layoffs

WSVN-TV - Miami-Dade Police face budget crisis: "MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade County Police officers may soon be ticketed with pink slips from the mayor.

Officer Phil Veloso has seen more than most. He is a Miami-Dade Police officer whose has also fought in Iraq. But now he's back stateside and fears he might soon be out of a job. "I went over there, and I served my country for a year," he said. "I've served nine years in the military and have done three years in this department, and I don't really think it what the citizens of Dade County want. It's something that the mayor is pushing."

The county has to balance the budget. They are $239 million short. Part of the plan is to lay off 90 police personnel if the police union doesn't make concessions."

Jacksonville - High Noon Quickly Approaching - Nelson Cuba and John Rutherford

FOP President Nelson Cuba and Sheriff John Rutherford
Jacksonville's FOP: No Union Officer Vote Anytime Soon | "JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With Sheriff John Rutherford refusing to rule out future layoffs and public outcry increasing, the police union is not expecting a union vote anytime soon.

"Until we get an offer from the current adminstration there is nothing my officers can reject or agree to," said Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba.

Cuba said he's still trying to understand the sheriff's comment that 34 more officers would be laid off next spring if he cannot get the permission from the city to hire a private vendor to maintain police vehicles. The sheriff estimated the move away from city fleet management would save his department $1.5 million.

Lorain, OH - Police Hit By Wage Freeze

Police hit by wage freeze - "LORAIN — Lorain police will have a three-year wage freeze as part of a new work contract with the city.

The city administration and Lorain Fraternal Order of Police-Lodge 3 negotiated a new contract but used binding arbitration to settle issues that were at impasse. Conciliator Michael D. McDowell ruled Friday police would get no raises for the contract, which covers about 90 police officers.

Police proposed raises of 1 percent, 2 percent and to renegotiate a raise for the last year of the three-year contract.

Officers also will not get dental insurance benefits, which cost the city about $51,000 a year, and will lose the department’s physical fitness incentive, which cost the city about $145,000 in 2009 and 2010, according to the conciliator’s report.

Lorain FOP President Kyle Gelenius ripped the ruling and said Lorain soon will have a difficult time keeping qualified police officers.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Police Officer's Pay Growth Rate 2000-2010 - 3.2%

National Median Wage
Source: Department of Labor

Public Safety Positions
Code Description 2010 2000 Yrly Growth
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 80,770 57,900 3.38%
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 55,620 40,590 3.20%
33-2011 Firefighters 47,730 35,260 3.07%
33-3012 Correctional Officers and Jailers 42,780 32,680 2.73%
33-3011 Bailiffs 40,910 32,960 2.18%
43-5031 Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers 36,900 26,680 3.30%

Patrol Officers v.s. Selected Occupations
Code Description 2010 2000 Yrly Growth
27-3043 Writers and Authors 65,960 47,440 3.35%
25-4021 Librarians 56,360 42,730 2.81%
19-1032 Foresters 55,790 44,970 2.18%
47-2011 Boilermakers 55,750 37,980 3.91%
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 55,620 40,590 3.20%
17-1022 Surveyors 54,880 39,060 3.46%
25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 54,880 41,890 2.74%
29-1031 Dietitians and Nutritionists 54,340 39,020 3.37%
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 54,330 41,980 2.61%
41-9022 Real Estate Sales Agents 52,490 37,950 3.30%

Bay City, MI - Billboard Sign's Unexpected Consequences

Controversy swirls around Bay City police patrol union switch | "BAY CITY — An attempt by members of the Bay City Police Department’s patrol union to switch representation has come to a halt as the officers’ former union claims the swap was done illegally.
The statewide Fraternal Order of Police, which represented the city’s patrol union until August, filed an unfair labor practice claim with the state Employment Relations Commission last month seeking to have the union’s relationship with the Police Officers Association of Michigan terminated."

London, Ontario -Police Rejected 10% Raise Over 4 Years

Police rejected 10% raise | London | News | London Free Press: The London Police Association turned down a contract that would have given officers a pay hike of more than 10% by the fourth years.  But union administrator Dan Axford says the size of the salary increase isn't the only issue between the union and the London police services board.

The board presented a pay hike as part of a take-it-or-leave-it offer, he said.  Talks between the board and the police association broke down in July after the union rejected a four-year deal that included a 2.9% increase the first year and annual 2.5% increases in the next three years, a source said.

For the first time in more than 50 years, an arbitrator will be appointed to impose a final contract for London police.  The two sides are in the process of deciding on an arbitrator.

The police association has never publicly said what annual raise it's seeking, saying only that it's less than 3%, a benchmark awarded to other Ontario police forces this year.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

New York City - Governor Signs Bill To Save Pensions

Chief-Leader: "Police and fire union leaders cheered Governor Cuomo’s Sept. 23 decision to sign a bill that would make it more difficult—but still not impossible—for the city to strip police officers and firefighters with more than 20 years’ service of their pensions.

“The bill brings city police and fire closer to what the rest of the state has already had for 100 years, and carries with it no extra fiscal impact to taxpayers,” Michael J. Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said in an interview. “The spirit of the bill is certainly not to encourage bad behavior for those who pass the 20-year threshold, it’s intended to protect what cops and firefighters have earned over a 20-year career.”"

Cape Coral - PERC Rejects FOP Appeal

PERC: No unfair labor practice - | News, sports, community info. - Cape Coral Daily Breeze: "A state agency dismissed Friday an unfair labor practice claim that was filed against the city of Cape Coral earlier this year by the local police union.

The Public Employees Relations Commission issued a final order, siding with the recommendation of a state hearing officer. The officer determined that the claim was untimely, and the union waived its right to bargain by inaction.

The state commission is comprised of three members.

"Upon review of the record, we conclude that the hearing officer's factual findings are based upon competent substantial evidence received in a proceeding which satisfied the essential requirements of law," they wrote."