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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

Deal reached in L.A.

Deal reached in L.A.

Los Angeles officials said they have reached an agreement to resolve a union lawsuit over the pay provided to nearly 1,000 police officers hired since 2010. The settlement with the Los Angeles Police Protective League would end a 2012 lawsuit alleging that department recruits had received erroneous salary information. Stephen Silver, an attorney for the […]

Voters say pensions too “generous”

Voters say pensions too “generous”

Asked how to make up the pension shortfall, almost half New Jersey voters say public worker pensions are too high. But they are divided on how to fix the pension’s problem. A Quinnipiac University poll shows 47 percent of voters think public pensions are too high, 9 percent think they fare too low. But only […]

Too hot for TV

Too hot for TV

The San Antonio Police Officers Association released a video on Facebook Thursday blasting City Manager Sheryl Sculley and city council for the negotiations with the city in the on-going collective bargaining fight. SAPOA President Mike Helle outlined new mission objectives for the city. The city has pushed for San Antonio cops and firefighters to be […]

They haven’t paid us yet

They haven’t paid us yet

In Rhode Island, the local chapter of the F.O.P. in Providence is continuing to battle the city on issuing festival permits to groups with outstanding detail debts, this time taking the administration to task for a communication providing for the Department of Tourism to issue permits. An email sent on August 4 from city solicitor […]

The Enemy

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 […]

A passionate enemy of public pensions

A passionate enemy of public pensions

For some people politics trumps everything else. If you’re a dyed in the wool liberal Democrat, you probably would rather not see a serial killer get the death penalty even though it seems appropriate. If you’re a passionate conservative on the other hand there is nothing as important as eliminating public pensions. It’s pretty rare […]

Charles Koch: How to really turn the economy around

Charles Koch: How to really turn the economy around

Charles Koch is one of the world’s richest people. His daddy made his money in Stalinist Russia helping the reds become one of the world’s dominant oil suppliers. Charles Koch is worth more than $40 billion dollars. And because he’s so rich and powerful, Chuck recently took the time to write, or have his staff […]

President Christie

President Christie

Chris Christie, along with a sorry assemblage of other hustlers, wants to be the next president of the United States, according to Salon. Governor Tubby McBully is currently selling his wares to rubes in Iowa and New Hampshire as he starts polishing his “reformer” image for the big dance. Christie can’t talk to voters about […]

Tactics: You decide

NYC too dangerous for DNC

NYC too dangerous for DNC

The union representing NYPD sergeants warned the Democratic National Committee against holding its 2016 convention in Brooklyn, issuing an open letter that doubled as a broadside against a mayoral administration with which some officers have grown increasingly frustrated. In the letter, addressed to the group Mayor Bill de Blasio wooed during its visit to New […]

Bad plan Rham

Bad plan Rham

Police union leaders on Monday urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to modify his plan to assign 40 state troopers on 30-day loan to Chicago to serve fugitive warrants to get known criminals off the street. Dean Angelo, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 representing Chicago Police Officers, and Mike Powell, president of the FOP’s […]

Olive branch extended

Olive branch extended

In Louisiana, Monroe Police Union President Michael Calloway said he plans to offer Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo “an olive branch” in a meeting scheduled for Tuesday following a fractious week between the rank and file and administration. “Right now we’re just trying to see if we can extend an olive branch and sit back down […]

She’s a liar!

She’s a liar!

The expected battle between the San Antonio Police Officers Association and the City of San Antonio has begun, with the SAPOA running super hard ball radio commercials blasting City Manager Sheryl Sculley by name as a liar who can’t be trusted,’ Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports. The ads, which began running on WOAI Radio on Wednesday, […]

Intelligence report

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 […]

Treasurer treachery

Treasurer treachery

In California, A former Arcadia police officer pleaded no contest Friday to stealing nearly $42,000 from a police association while serving as treasurer, using the money to buy such items as cigars and motorcycle parts. Christian E. Blesch, 36, pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft by embezzlement and was set to be […]

Medical marijuana advocates versus Chiefs Assoc.

Medical marijuana advocates versus Chiefs Assoc.

States like Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington have either decriminalized marijuana or outright legalized it. Unfortunately for drug war supporters the sky has not fallen in these states. In fact in Colorado highway fatalities and serious crimes are down and the cops in Denver just got a raise, partially a result of the new revenue stream. […]

Healthy, wealthy & wise

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 […]

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 […]