The men and women of FOP Lodge 7 had an outstanding show of unity today. I know for a fact that plenty of sergeants were on hand despite the decision of the CPSA board.
Early on my greatest fear was that turnout would be low and that the city and the superintendent would view this as their victory. I based this fear on my past experiences as an active member of Lodge 7. There were many events that membership was encouraged to attend but the end results were little to be desired. Today was a different day and many factors influenced its success, the arrogance of the mayor, a vote of no confidence in our superintendent, the logistics of the FOP and the advocacy of Secondcitycop. Also Chuck Goudie pissed off a lot of people with his "coincidence in timing" hit piece. All the mentioned factors created the perfect storm. Will this get the city to move forward on contract negotiations? I couldn't say but you would have to hope that a handful of aldermen whose constituents made up that crowd was paying attention.
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