Friday, October 24, 2008

Union News

Via CPSA.PB&PA web site

Contract 2007-2011 Update: 22 October 2008

The last contract negotiation session with the City was on 11 September 08.
At that time the City rejected our latest proposal, which addressed bid positions and
economic issues. The City stood on their previous position citing the current economic
dilemma. The City has proposed the below captioned changes to our contract.

5 year contract
No increase in Watch Bids within District Law Enforcement (currently 5 per
watch)
Changes to section 8.4 of the current contract.
Maintain sustained C.R. numbers for the entire career of the officer.
Inclusion of on-duty random alcohol testing
Mandatory alcohol and drug testing for any off-duty incident involving the
discharge of a firearm.
Audio recording of all statements given by officers to I.P.R.A. and I.A.D.


We continue to meet with our attorneys and advisors in an effort to develop a
proposal that will result in a document that will address the City's concerns, while at the
same time protecting the interests of our members. In addition, we feel that the current
economic proposals by the City are short of being acceptable to our membership.

John Pallohusky
President
Chicago Police Sergeants Association

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Sarge & keep up the good work.

curious member said...

I hear Midway pulled some hanky-panky with the sergeant's bidding process in order to bring in a clouted supervisor.

Anonymous said...

The last contract negotiation session with the City was on 11 September 08.
And you are telling this to us on 24 Oct 08, Thanks, It must be election time soon. We should have known this long before.

Anonymous said...

The city is definitely playing hardball and is out to screw us, as always.

Anonymous said...

Pay heed to this article, the "Obama Riots" are catching the eye of some very influential people and news sources. It looks like the nation could be in for some seriously rough times.

Be Prepared!

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/police-prepare-for-unrest-2008-10-21.html

Leading The News
Police prepare for unrest

By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 10/21/08 07:58 PM [ET]

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation’s first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence.

Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors.

Democratic strategists and advocates for black voters say they understand officers wanting to keep the peace, but caution that excessive police presence could intimidate voters.

Sen. Obama (Ill.), the Democratic nominee for president, has seen his lead over rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) grow in recent weeks, prompting speculation that there could be a violent backlash if he loses unexpectedly.

Cities that have suffered unrest before, such as Detroit, Chicago, Oakland and Philadelphia, will have extra police deployed.

In Oakland, the police will deploy extra units trained in riot control, as well as extra traffic police, and even put SWAT teams on standby.

“Are we anticipating it will be a riot situation? No. But will we be prepared if it goes awry? Yes,” said Jeff Thomason, spokesman for the Oakland Police Department.

“I think it is a big deal — you got an African-American running and [a] woman running,” he added, in reference to Obama and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. “Whoever wins it, it will be a national event. We will have more officers on the street in anticipation that things may go south.”

The Oakland police last faced big riots in 2003 when the Raiders lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. Officials are bracing themselves in case residents of Oakland take Obama’s loss badly.

Political observers such as Hilary Shelton and James Carville fear that record voter turnout could overload polling places on Election Day and could raise tension levels.

Shelton, the director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau, said inadequate voting facilities is a bigger problem in poor communities with large numbers of minorities.

“What are local election officials doing to prepare for what people think will be record turnout at the polls?” said Shelton, who added that during the 2004 election in Ohio voters in predominantly black communities had to wait in line six to eight hours to vote.

“On Election Day, if this continues, you may have some tempers flare; we should be prepared to deal with that but do it without intimidation,” said Shelton, who added that police have to be able to maintain order at polling stations without scaring voters, especially immigrants from “police states.”

Carville, who served as a senior political adviser to former President Bill Clinton, said that many Democrats would be very angry if Obama loses. He noted that many Democrats were upset by Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) loss to President Bush in the 2004 election, when some Democrats made allegations of vote manipulation in Ohio, the state that ultimately decided the race.

Experts estimated that thousands of voters did not vote in Ohio because of poor preparation and long lines.
Carville said Democratic anger in 2004 “would be very small to what would happen in 2008” if the same problems arose.

Carville said earlier this month that “it would be very, very, very dramatic out there” if Obama lost, a statement some commentators interpreted as predicting riots. In an interview Tuesday, however, Carville said he did not explicitly predict rioting.

“A lot of Democrats would have a great deal of angst and anger,” said Carville, who predicted that on Election Day “the voting system all around the country is going to be very stressed because there’s going to be enormous turnout.”

Other commentators have made such bold predictions.

“If [Obama] is elected, like with sports championships, people may go out and riot,” said Bob Parks, an online columnist and black Republican candidate for state representative in Massachusetts. “If Barack Obama loses there will be another large group of people who will assume the election was stolen from him….. This will be an opportunity for people who want to commit mischief.”

Speculation about Election-Day violence has spread on the Internet, especially on right-wing websites.

This has caught the attention of police departments in cities such as Cincinnati, which saw race riots in 2001 after police shot a young black man.

“We’ve seen it on the Internet and we’ve heard that there could be civil unrest depending on the outcome of [the election,]” said Lt. Mark Briede of the Cincinnati Police Department. “We are prepared to respond in the case of some sort of unrest or some sort of incident.”

Briede, like other police officials interviewed, declined to elaborate on plans for Election Day. Many police departments have policies prohibiting public discussion of security plans.

James Tate, second deputy chief of Detroit’s police department, said extra manpower would be assigned to duty on Election Night. He said problems could flare whichever candidate wins.

“Either party will make history and we want to prepare for celebrations that will be on a larger scale than for our sports teams,” Tate said.

He noted that police had to control rioters who overturned cars after the Tigers won the 1984 World Series.

“We’re prepared for the best-case scenario, we’re prepared for the worst-case scenario,” he said. “The worst-case scenario could be a situation that requires law enforcement.”

But Tate declined to describe what the worst-case scenario might look like, speaking gingerly like other police officials who are wary of implying that black voters are more likely than other voting groups to cause trouble.

Shelton, of the NAACP, said he understands the need for police to maintain order. But he is also concerned that some political partisans may point their finger at black voters as potential troublemakers because the Democratic nominee is black.

Shelton said any racial or ethnic group would get angry if they felt disenfranchised because of voting irregularities.

Police officials in Chicago, where Obama will hold a Nov. 4 rally, and Philadelphia are also preparing for Election Day.

“The Chicago Police Department has been meeting regularly to coordinate our safety and security plans and will deploy our resources accordingly,” said Monique Bond, of the Chicago Police Department.

Frank Vanore, of the Philadelphia Police Department, said officials were planning to mobilize to control exuberant or perhaps angry demonstrations after the World Series, which pits the Phillies against the Tampa Bay Rays.

He said the boosted police activity would “spill right over to the election.”
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/police-prepare-for-unrest-2008-10-21.html

Leading The News
Police prepare for unrest

By Alexander Bolton

Anonymous said...

http://onenewsnow.com/Election2008/Default.aspx?id=265052

Could an Obama loss spark race riots?
Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 9/30/2008 8:30:00

A political scientist at a Christian college in New York City warns that if Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama loses the election on November 4, race riots could break out in large U.S. cities.



A recent Associated Press-Yahoo News poll suggested Senator Obama's race could cost him up to six percentage points on election night. David Corbin, a politics professor at The King's College, contends there is potential for public riots the night of or after the election, if Obama's lead in the polls does not translate into victory.

"I don't think that's something that we've looked at very closely, and I think that this could be a powder keg here as we get towards that day, given that Senator Obama is an African-American and given that there might be some backlash if he actually loses," Corbin explains.

Corbin notes that seemingly small stories involving O.J. Simpson and Rodney King have brought into play terrible riots in major cities across the U.S. "I think a lot of people are looking to an Obama presidency to affirm the notion that somehow Americans aren't racist and, if for some reason Senator Obama loses, then it's just, 'Oh well, it's said and done. We must be a racist nation,'" Corbin adds.

People who fuel that claim of racism, according to Corbin, do damage to one of Senator Obama's main themes -- moving beyond a red-and-blue, or black-and-white America.

Interesting comment posted under this article:

"After months of denying the Chicago police Dept. was planning for riots if Obama wins ore loses the election an internal memo has surfaced to confirm the concern. Supt. Jody Weis has updated a memo that set forth plans if the Cubs or Sox went into the World Series. It planned for celebratory unrest and or mass arrests. The order was updated to include election night and possible violent riots! The internal memo dated 22 Sept 08 asks all police units to take inventory of tear gas (pepper spray) and dispensers along with CS gas (military tear gas) and dispensers. Units are to have their request for emergency purchase orders in by 3 Oct 08. What was added to the Cubs/Sox order was planning on the anticipated monitoring of planned and coordinated civil disobedience. (i.e. celebration riots if Obama wins & violent riots if he losses)."

Anonymous said...

What is this world coming too?

Sharpton calls for inquiry in alleged NYPD assault

NEW YORK -- Saying that police brutality is not an issue of color, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday joined the cause of a white man who claims that a group of officers sodomized him with a walkie-talkie

http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/1242281,al-sharpton-nypd-inquiry-assault-102508.article

Anonymous said...

actually- the sergeants union should spend a few bucks and get a highschool computer wiz to keep the website updated-it takes forever to get any info!

Anonymous said...

Obama Not a US Citizen! Check It Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyspCRmJv7w

Anonymous said...

SCC is reporting that all Chicago EMS and firefighter personnel must bring all of their gear home; to speed deployment, if they are off on Election Day. I have never seen anything like this before, what do they anticipate occurring?

Sarcasm and Silliness from a Windy City Cop
Sunday, October 26, 2008
More Paperwork
Something about this strikes us as slightly off. We just aren't sure what:

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Chicago cops for the first time will have to photograph homes they search, in an effort to protect officers from false complaints, police said Friday.

The new order will require officers to make a log of what they find during a search and give a copy of the log to the person living there.

The order also will change how searches are supervised.

Last year, after officers in the Special Operations Section were arrested for allegedly stealing from citizens during searches, lieutenants were required to be present.

But that requirement is being scrapped to free up lieutenants for other duties. The department executes about 2,400 search warrants a year.

Are these going to be "before and after" pictures? We assume the pictures are to be taken as soon as the premises are secured, but now we're going to have an affiant, entry team, security team, search officer, inventory officer, and a paparazzi officer? Who's supplying these cameras? Film and film processing costs? Digital? Storage and software for chain of evidence issues? And what's to stop Joe Public from taking his own shots after CPD leaves and passing them off as the aftermath of a particularly "vigorous" search? These are questions it'd be nice to have answers to from someone in authority rather than the sketchy details provided by the Sun Times (and thanks again for keeping us informed via Department channels rather than through the media J-Fed)

And are they going to get D-2A for doing an Evidence Tech's job?

Labels: department issues

posted by SCC at 12:07 AM 0 comments
Um...Why?
What does the Fire Department know that we haven't heard yet?

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Off-duty Chicago firefighters and paramedics have been ordered to take all of their gear home with them to speed deployment in the event of an emergency at Barack Obama's giant election night rally in Grant Park.

The order begins next Wednesday and continues until Nov. 6 -- two days after the election.

Firefighters have been ordered to take home gear that includes protective clothing known as bunker gear, gloves, face mask, helmet, boots and breathing apparatus tank.

"Speed deployment"? Does that mean they're taking fire trucks and ambulances home, too? Because last time we checked, firefighters had these big buildings scattered across the city where they could store all their equipment and trucks and ambulances. And as most firefighters live way south or way north, taking their equipment from the place it does the most good and then expecting them to rally at north or south side firehouses means we're going to have what? Ten and twelve man ambulance rigs and truck companies?

Someone please explain the purpose of this directive?

Anonymous said...

The international press is picking up the possibility of the "Obama Riots":

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/nile_gardiner/blog/2008/10/23/police_prepare_for_riots_if_barack_obama_loses

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that someone at the PBPA is worried about decertification. That aside, I am a little perturbed that PBPA signed off on the new schedule without addressing the fact that those of us in districts that are swithching to 10.5 watches will lose 35, or so, hours of CU time because of the .75 hours a day not being adjusted for the loss in days. Now, argument is that we will work less days;however, I and others like me, sell back that 200 every year. Less hours accrued has a direct impact on me. Don't get me wrong, I am not against the new schedule and, maybe, we would have decided by majority to accept the city's proposal, as is. I do think that we all should have had the opportunity to weigh in on this issue. Just my .02, you may now return to you normal activities.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last contract negotiation session with the City was on 11 September 08.
And you are telling this to us on 24 Oct 08, Thanks, It must be election time soon. We should have known this long before.

Sat Oct 25, 12:05:00 AM

Blame the union. they do not use the website as the useful tool that it is.

Anonymous said...

If you agree to any of those propositions I will make sure I vote against every member of the PB & PA!!!

Anonymous said...

what about health insurance for retiree's , buy out and
pay raises

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Seems to me that someone at the PBPA is worried about decertification. That aside, I am a little perturbed that PBPA signed off on the new schedule without addressing the fact that those of us in districts that are swithching to 10.5 watches will lose 35, or so, hours of CU time because of the .75 hours a day not being adjusted for the loss in days. Now, argument is that we will work less days;however, I and others like me, sell back that 200 every year. Less hours accrued has a direct impact on me. Don't get me wrong, I am not against the new schedule and, maybe, we would have decided by majority to accept the city's proposal, as is. I do think that we all should have had the opportunity to weigh in on this issue. Just my .02, you may now return to you normal activities.

Sun Oct 26, 09:26:00 AM
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What you fail to realize is that holidays now become a bigger benefit. Because you are working 10 hours, you get 10 hours on the books instead of 8 hours. With 13 holidays (IIRC) that works out to 26 hours on the books. Plus instead of 4 hours pay, you get 5 hours pay if you work it. If you convert those to hours, thats more time on the books. That really cuts down on the .75 hours you give up. That leaves a difference of only about 9 hours. For all the extra days off I would get, I would gladly give up that 9 hour difference.
I did it as a Housing Sgt and would gladly do it again. And I had no problem selling back my 200 hours a year. You have to look at the big picture instead of focusing on a small non-issue

Anonymous said...

I hear Midway pulled some hanky-panky with the sergeant's bidding process in order to bring in a clouted supervisor.

Fri Oct 24, 09:29:00 PM

I..I..just can't believe they'd do such a thing...it's all legit right?

Anonymous said...

Sat Oct 25, 04:01:00 PM

I love how they add the "woman" thing. Like electing or not electing a female is gonna cause a riot. Politically Correct douche bags.

Anonymous said...

There will be no riots in the streets in the US the day after the election. What will the panic button pushers write about then?

Anonymous said...

"What you fail to realize is that holidays now become a bigger benefit."

Did you sleep through math class? Of course we get a 'bigger benefit' for more time on holidays because we WORK LONGER HOURS on holidays. It's not a give-a-way! We earn the extra time!

We still lose about 18 hours out of the original missing 30 + hours-they changed the BD to be worth 10 hours if you take them instead of the original plan to make the worth 8 no matter what. So 6 X 2 =12 deducted from the missing 30 hours = still 18 short. This is a pilot program but I hope the union makes sure that if it becomes pemant policy - we get an hour comp time each day- the extra .15 will make up for the current deficit. Don't expect them to waste time fighting over a pilot program but do expect/demand the PBPA to do the right thing when the schedule becomes permanent.

Anonymous said...

Can you post specifics on what they offered? Especially as it relates to finances.

Anonymous said...

You waste your time posting and debating regarding the election, but not address a real question. Juat curious....
Thanks, last visit for me.......

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