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Union/Bargaining Unit Reps

If you are involved in negotiating contracts, resolving grievances, or representing officers charged with misconduct, this is the place for you to meet.

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Comment by Dennis King on March 31, 2009 at 9:17am
How can I get interest in a Union at my agency without stirring up trouble. We are a small dept. and have no means of protection against our City Administrators. They keep taking and taking and we have no recourse. I need suggestions.
Comment by David Novak on March 31, 2009 at 10:21am
Dennis, that was a sore point for my former department back in 1985. You should start by asking your fellow officers if they would be interested in having a union. Then make contact with a police union in your area; check around to see if you like what you hear about that union. Then call them and see if they will set up a meeting and invite the group. You will most likely have a problem with your police command which we did but you should note that this would be a informational meeting. If you are successful in a meeting that will draw the majority of officers to 'listen' to the union, you've reached step one. I served as union president for 6-1/2 years and of course I was the throne in the thumb to my chief. What your concern is that the officers are treated fairly and that their safety comes first. Prior to our union we were the least paid department with 4x more runs per officer compared to the other departments. We were working 2-3 man shifts where other depts with the same population had 5-8 officers. If we did not have a union, the pay would have been substandard, and man-power left the same. Prior to the union, our cars had over 130k miles, light bars never worked and we had to buy all of our equipment. I've since left the department but today, officers get duty rechargeable flashlights, Danner boots, body armor and all the equipment needed /outfitted. Good
Comment by George L. Paugh III on April 13, 2009 at 7:47pm
Im the President of the Talbot County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 18 in Maryland. Just attend a good training session on Collective Bargaining in Las Vegas, NV. Great training. i just joined and would like to learn from other members and maybe give some input.
Comment by Dan on July 29, 2012 at 4:16pm

Mr. Novak, How did you address the manpower issues? We are having some of the same issues, but we can't use a manpower survey to help us, nor can it be used against us, per a prior agreement. We try and fight based on safety & Health, but are always told it's not an unsafe environment until somebody gets hurt. 


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