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Reaching out

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 […]

Police Association President blasts high crime and lack of funds on Facebook.

Police Association President blasts high crime and lack of funds on Facebook.

If you want to get some attention Facebook is the way to go because people frequently spend about half the time they’re supposed to be on the clock on FB. But you can use that advantage to get your message out. The head of the Memphis Police Association, Michael Williams, recently took to Facebook to […]

Pay Wars

DB plans get knife in the heart

DB plans get knife in the heart

People living longer bad news for pensions The measured value of liabilities for most defined benefit plans will increase between 3% and 8% with the adoption of new mortality tables, said a report from Wilshire Consulting. As they say, longer lives means way higher costs. According to the website Pensions & Investments, the tables, released […]

Party line vote

Party line vote

For the second time in less than a month, the Fort Wayne, Indiana City Council has decided to override a mayoral veto affecting government unions. On Tuesday, the council voted 6-3 along party lines to keep a right-to-work ordinance for police officers and firefighters. Last week, Mayor Tom Henry vetoed the ordinance, which allows firefighters […]

My way or else

My way or else

Officials with the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association Thursday said City Manager Sheryl Sculley threatened to lay-off more than 50 public safety employees in a meeting last week. “Let me be very specific- there was absolute clarity in which she said they were going to have layoffs,” said POA president Michael Helle. “(The question) was […]

Chief surprised by lawsuit

Chief surprised by lawsuit

With contract negotiations between the town and New Canaan, Connecticut Police Union Local 1575 already having dragged out for over a year — and no agreement in sight — the already sluggish progress now faces another fly in the ointment. The union filed a complaint with the Connecticut Labor Department’s Board of Labor Relations accusing […]

The Enemy

Reverse Robin Hood: Screw workers, help billionaires

Reverse Robin Hood: Screw workers, help billionaires

As U.S. states and cities grapple with budget and pension shortfalls, many are slashing public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting that money into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams. Detroit on Monday made itself the most prominent example of this trend. Officials in the financially devastated city announced that current and future […]

Perpetrating a fraud

Perpetrating a fraud

George Will is that joyless nerd you see on television news shows that wears bow ties and makes a living talking about “the good old days.” Will, like most media personalities in our culture, is not a journalist but rather a propagandist with a very specific agenda. Will, whose column has been dropped by more […]

Scott gets his payback

Scott gets his payback

Over the past few years, private prison firm GEO Group has become known for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities. That will not stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) from headling a $10,000-per-person VIP fundraiser at the home of GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley. Attendees can also attend […]

Epic corruption at huge fund

Epic corruption at huge fund

Fred Buenrostro, a former CEO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), plead guilty in federal court last week to conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. Buenrostro was the CEO of CalPERs from 2002 to 2008 and admitted to engaging in numerous corrupt and illegal activities while managing the second largest pension fund in […]

Tactics: You decide

District Attorney sells out cops. POA goes on offensive

District Attorney sells out cops. POA goes on offensive

In a scathing email to 1,500 active-duty and retired officers, the president of San Jose’s police union took the unusual step of publicly casting off one of its traditional crime-fighting allies — District Attorney Jeff Rosen — saying the group will no longer run the prosecutor’s monthly column in its magazine and will try to […]

City blasts cops’ sick-in. “They will pay for this!”

City blasts cops’ sick-in. “They will pay for this!”

In Canada, the City of Montreal will bill Montreal’s police union for the overtime officers worked Saturday to replace 100 colleagues who simultaneously called in sick to protest pension reforms. Mayor Denis Coderre called the protest action “irresponsible” and said the officers involved would lose a sick day as a result. “You don’t play with […]

Now that’s how you sell an argument

Now that’s how you sell an argument

There’s no question who’s been winning the “debate” on gun control laws in the USA over the last decade. One of the ways groups like the NRA have achieved so much political influence and power is the effectiveness of their advertising and messaging. Below is a very effective spot for the National Rifle Association. The […]

Starring “The Rock”

Starring “The Rock”

This is how you sell an argument. Chris Christie’s new “pension reform” video looks like someone spent a ton of money on it. If there’s one area where labor unions could use a little improvement, it’s probably the willingness to spend big in order to produce effective advertising. There are plenty of videos featuring the […]

Intelligence report

Don’t be a sucker

Don’t be a sucker

Warren Buffet is rich and you’re not. Therefore it makes sense to listen to him when he’s handing out free investment advice. Buffet’s no dummy. He knows that people that fall for empty promises of huge returns are suckers. That’s why he says individuals, corporations, and yes – pension funds should play it safe if […]

Down with Facebook

Down with Facebook

We are frequently besieged with requests from law enforcement leaders for information that will encourage people to avoid, or at least think clearly about, the use of so-called social media like Facebook. As any employer or association leader is painfully aware, police officers and association members can frequently be their own worst enemy when they […]

Make sure they know

Make sure they know

When a citizen gets a phone call from someone claiming to be raising money for charity for a police association the odds are extremely high that it’s a scam. Little old ladies are pretty quick to pull out their checkbooks and credit cards when someone asks for a donation to help the families of officers […]

The mind of Chris Christie

The mind of Chris Christie

The most troubling aspect of 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie’s refusal this week to make necessary contributions to his state’s pension system was not the budget maneuver itself — it was that almost none of the debate surrounding the move said anything about what it was really all about. Christie depicted the maneuver as a […]

Healthy, wealthy & wise

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stress and children of the badge

Stress and children of the badge

We know that being a law enforcement officer or married to one has its challenges, but now we know that extended exposure to secondhand stress and trauma affects our kids as well. It’s a problem some police associations are trying to help with.. by Mark Bond Law enforcement children can develop traumatic stress vicariously by […]