Contracts with city unions expire June 30 and a showdown looms. Last time around, the police contract was handed down by an arbitrator, and it took 28 months to nail down an agreement with the building trades that ended up denying retirees back paychecks. This time, the stage is set for even more tension after most major unions denied Daley their endorsements and worked to elect a more independent City Council. Daley also must confront a pension underfunding problem that threatens to saddle future generations with a debt they can't handle. Painful solutions include benefit reductions and increased employee contributions.
Be prepared for for a long fight. Charlie Williams has made his view on our medical abundantly clear. Williams insist that a two teir system should be in place where sworn members will keep the existing benefit of 364 days in a two year period and and that new hires would be given something in line with other departments i.e. 12 days a year. We have also mentioned in a prior post that a two tier system has been proposed by a civic group concerning our pensions. Watch for the department to dangle the 10 hour day in our direction. What we would have to give up may be costly.
On or before Police Supt. Phil Cline celebrates his four-year anniversary in October, he is expected to announce his retirement from the pressure-cooker job. That will force the Police Board to conduct its usual nationwide search -- and Daley to choose a replacement, either from the Chicago Police Department's thin bench or from outside Chicago, which he hates to do. Former Deputy Police Supt. Charles Ramsey, a runner-up in past police searches, is available again after a stint as police chief in Washington, D.C. In-house candidates include: Chief of Patrol Charles Williams, Deputy Supt. Hiram Graue, assistant deputy superintendents Eugene Williams and Matt Tobias and Frank Limon, chief of organized crime. Two women are also possibilities: Chief of Detectives Maria Maher and Assistant Deputy Supt. Anne Egan
ADS Debra Kirby (IAD) is conspicuously missing from that list, could that make her the true front runner?
As for DS Charlie Williams, his latest memo sent to the districts, I quote " No longer are the days of handing out car keys to police officers to just ride around". He wants to see activity in the DOC. This man has lost touch with reality. Lets see, backlogs for 10 months out of the year, denied time due, denied lunches P.O.'s just off probation and working as acting FTO's and morale in the shitter and he seems to believe they are just riding around. You want to know why morale is so bad? Look no further than the top! Shame on you Charlie Williams!