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Reaching out

Union spokesman is often first one to speak

Union spokesman is often first one to speak

In Chicago when a big news story occurs related to the police, Pat Camden, the spokesman for the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, is often the first person to talk to the media. In a story from the Chicago Tribune, reporter Eric Zorn explains that for last several years, Camden has served as the primary […]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
LAPD union wants citizens to call City Hall

LAPD union wants citizens to call City Hall

Police union produces video to educate public what low pay and no raises will do to a once proud police department Alarmed at the continued decline of real wages endured by Los Angeles police officers, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) – the union representing all sworn personnel in the LAPD up through the […]

Really, really, happy cops

Really, really, happy cops

This video from Baltimore PD has been a big success. What’s your take on it?

San Antonio POA Pres makes the case

San Antonio POA Pres makes the case

Watch Mike Helle – it’s a polished television appearance Please be patient. You have to listen to the city manager (very lame)  before Mike takes the “mic.” Watch a masterful interview with Mike Helle, president of the San Antonio POA, on Texas Public Television as he debates the city manager about the proposals to cut […]

Pay Wars

Kissed and made up

Kissed and made up

A California appellate district court has ruled the city of Indio must pay for the attorney fees for one of its police associations following a labor dispute stemming from the reorganization of the police department’s command structure. The ruling means the city will have to cough up about $160,000 on behalf of the Police Command […]

By September 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Help us defeat Carl DeMaio for Congress

Help us defeat Carl DeMaio for Congress

If he wins, your pay, benefits and even your job will be jeopardized By Brian Marvel, President San Diego Police Officers Association With 435 seats in Congress, it might be difficult to see how one race can have a big impact. But here in San Diego, one of the country’s most contested congressional races, Carl […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mixed massages

Mixed massages

In Columbia, Missouri, a letter that the executive director of the Columbia Police Officers Association sent to the chairwoman of the committee that is promoting the proposed public safety tax hike on the November ballot sparked confusion that nearly jeopardized the initiative. Last Sept. 4, Karen Taylor of “Say Yes to Public Safety” emailed Dale […]

By September 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Got what they need

Got what they need

In Fresno, California, the deal struck between  the city and the cops had city council member Lee Brand quoting Mick Jagger. Brand said, “A famous Englishman once said, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.” What the city needed was a […]

By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Enemy

Opposition Research

Opposition Research

  Most of the time people will choose the words they use based on whom they’re talking to. For instance, a labor organization might speak differently to members in the organization’s magazine or newsletter than they would when addressing the media or the public. But what happens when an anti-union columnist with an axe to […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Real talk vs. B.S.

Real talk vs. B.S.

Like most successful politicians, Chris Christie is a gifted liar. The big man’s shtick is an oldie but goody. You tell voters, “We’re broke!” And then you hand a bunch of your Wall St. buddies the cash that the state allegedly does not have. All of this is done in the name of “fiscal responsibility,” […]

By September 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
This lie’s got legs

This lie’s got legs

John Gotti’s got nothing on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as far as teflon is concerned. It’s a full year after “bridge-gate” and Christie hasn’t lost any of his popularity with enemies of union thugs and big government. In fact other politicians looking at Christie’s blame the unions approach to public policy probably now see […]

By September 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Reason Magazine slams police unions

Reason Magazine slams police unions

You know how hard you work in negotiations to get your members a decent deal and at least some protection should the crap hit the fan? Well it turns out that makes you the bad guy. If not the cops’ fault- it’s the associations fault. Of all the anti-worker rags out there, especially when it […]

Tactics: You decide

Police professionals dump Walker

Police professionals dump Walker

“When Scott Walker used his budget to make the single largest cut in a decade to the local government funding used to support police services, we were outspoken in warning that his reckless actions would hurt public safety,” said Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) Executive Director Jim Palmer. “The FBI’s crime data now makes clear […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Beyond R’s and D’s

Beyond R’s and D’s

Barbara Comstock has received the endorsement of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association which, represents 36,000 current and retired law enforcement officials. Endorsing Comstock, the VAPBA says: “We are pleased to fully support Barbara Comstock for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and we are confident that her knowledge and experience make her the best qualified candidate. Her […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Sick out’s got people talking

Sick out’s got people talking

Nearly 500 police officers reported out sick this past summer as part of a “Blue Flu” in Memphis. According to Memphis NBC station WMC-TV, the sickout, which went on for several days, forced the city to call in Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies to help man the popular Beale Street entertainment district over the weekend. On […]

By September 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Film gets people to put away cell phones

Film gets people to put away cell phones

Show this YouTube film to your community. It will get them to stop talking and texting while driving. It’s a growing problem that police in many areas are struggling to stop. The most recent effort is happening in Canada. Responding to the alarming news that over a three year period using a hand-held device and […]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Intelligence report

Calpers shows the way

Calpers shows the way

Unless people are working for a city, county or some other kind of municipality (obviously not those in so-called “right to work” states, the chances they have retirement insurance, otherwise known as a pension, are somewhere between slim and none. For those that do have access to pensions there’s a growing awareness that the people […]

By September 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Crime’s down so fire cops

Crime’s down so fire cops

Crime is down. It’s way down. Crime rates are so low that you have to go back to the 50’s and early 60’s to find comparable numbers. Last year Chicago had its lowest homicide count since 1968. But while crime is down, the cost of policing is up. This is of course a perfect excuse […]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Great Speech from 1980

Great Speech from 1980

“It is fitting that on Labor Day, we meet beside the waters of New York harbor, with the eyes of Miss Liberty on our gathering and in the words of the poet whose lines are inscribed at her feet, “The air bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Through this “Golden Door,” under the gaze of […]

Tweet fight is on!

Tweet fight is on!

Police labor associations can be kingmakers in Texas politics, electing mayors and now and then, a Tarrant County state senator. At 30, state Rep. Jonathan Stickland of Bedford has taken an unusual political approach to police groups. To him, they’re “union thugs.” In one of the more entertaining Twitter exchanges lately, Stickland took a cyberswing […]

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Disability benefits

Disability benefits

The New York City PBA is again seeking support for a bill to increase disability pensions. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch met privately with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to lobby for her backing of an Albany bill that would improve line-of-duty pensions for newer cops who are in a different tier. Lynch, who […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
More bad news for that secure retirement

More bad news for that secure retirement

This time the story is out of Ventura County in California where a controversial proposal to eliminate the current pension plan and switch for a 401k style plan has qualified for the November ballot. The proposal easily exceeded the 26,000 verified signatures it needed to make the ballot. Proponents gathered more than 40,000 signatures, with […]

Best blogging apps

Best blogging apps

Kit Eaton, the personal tech columnist for The New York Times, has some apps that will make it easier for you to blog from your iPhone, iPad or Droid. This is an easy way to post articles on your association’s website or Facebook page. If you work on your association’s communications effort, you will find […]

What “pension reform” means to your wallet

What “pension reform” means to your wallet

For those that haven’t been paying attention, there has been a wildly politically popular move by activists and state legislatures to radically alter traditional defined benefit programs that used to be what public employees would count on to pay their bills after they stop working. Outfits like The American Legislative Exchange Council and their allies […]