Certain disgruntled members (or are they former members?) of the FOP have a serious problem with supervisors being members of FOP. They have a problem in particular with the two trustees that were elected to the board but were later promoted. There is not a mechanism in place to remove promoted trustees from office nor does it seem that the lodge wish that there be such a mechanism. Two detectives attempted to introduce changes to the constitution and by-laws to rid the lodge of trustees that get promoted. The resolution was defeated by voice vote at an open general meeting of the membership.
These trustees are not allowed to vote on matters of the contract. The two trustees in question belong to various committees and none of have which have anything to do with contractual matters.
Gerry Majerczyk belongs to the following committees:Audit, Constitution and By-Laws & Newsletter
Mike Voight belongs to the following committees:Fishing, Health And Insurance & Public Relations
Neither of theses Sergeants is a member of the Contract Negotiation Team.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Rule 54 B. Joining or retention of membership by supervisory personnel in any labor organization, whose membership is composed of rank and file members of the Department, and whose purpose is to represent its members concerning wages, hours, and working conditions. It is provided that this Rule will not apply to the joining or retention of membership with rank and file members of the Department in organizations whose primary purpose is social, religious, ethnic or racial.
If you interpret Rule 54B as the "disgruntled" members have, Majerczyk and Voight along with approximately 300 other members of FOP Lodge 7 above the rank of sergeant would also be in violation. The spirit of 54B is such that you as a supervisor can not negotiate on behalf of rank and file members. There is not one member of the FOP Lodge7 Negotiation Team that holds the rank of sergeant and above. I would like to know why the "disgruntled detectives" haven't made an effort to seek the removal of all sergeants and above from Lodge 7.