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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

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 →
League declares impasse

League declares impasse

The Los Angeles Police Protective League calls the move “highly unusual.” League officials said that “most labor impasses are called for by management or municipalities, not labor organizations.” The union statement blamed the city for a “lack of good faith bargaining.” The current offer on the table does include raises for new hires but no […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Stymied

Stymied

In Springfield, Missouri, Springfield Police Officers Association President Mike Evans isn’t taking public protests off the table as his team battles the city for better wages and benefits for the Officers. But unlike some other areas, negotiating contracts is a relatively new thing in Missouri. Evans said the union began negotiating with the police department […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The cost of spiking

The cost of spiking

Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from “legal” pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller in California said. An audit of 11 state and local government agencies found no illegal pension spiking but concluded that CALPERS, the country’s largest public retirement fund makes itself […]

By September 11, 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

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 →
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 […]

Intelligence report

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]