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Re: “Would the Departure of Anthony Batts Be That Bad?

I'm not sure how you can say the police union "steadfastly refuses to pay 9 percent of it's pension plan like other city employees do" in one paragraph, then in the next say "the police union refused to contribute to it's retirement plan last summer without a no lay-off guarantee". It's contradictory. The truth is, the union DID AGREE to pay into PERS if the city guaranteed no lay-offs for a certain period of time--an extremely fair request. The city would not agree. This is after the union had made concessions the previous year to assist the city in balancing it's budget, to the tune of a minimum pay cut for the officers of 5%. (They agreed to give up certain paid holidays, etc., which adds up to a pay cut). This is the same city that gave the fire department a no lay-off guarantee in their contract, and I don't believe OFD made many, if any, concessions to assist with the city's financial crisis. The focus is always on OPD but they are not the only public service on the payroll. The public gets up in arms about how much police officers are paid and what their retirement benefits are, but I ask you--how much should they be paid for putting their health and their lives on the line on a daily basis? Apparently less and less, as the city gets more and more dangerous. I think they should make as much as the fire fighters--is anyone upset by their salaries? I haven't heard it mentioned much in the media--only PD. The bottom line is, there is no one out there that would put up with heavier work loads and poorer working conditions, while agreeing to pay cut after pay cut. Not at any job. Paying into their pensions is essentially agreeing to another 9% pay cut (it's actually more, but I won't confuse you with the math), after having already taken a pay cut last year.

Posted by MIG36 on 01/28/2011 at 8:21 AM

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