In tonight's full house, the issue of the contract was sure to come up and indeed it did. Following an impassioned speech by 20 year Sergeant Paul Heh, the streetwise sergeant made a motion to invalidate the recently approved contract based on the numerous irregularities surrounding the contract and its approval process.
More specifically, Sergeant Heh moved to declare the approved contract null and void. A new approval process would then be instituted with the new contract to be distributed to the membership for review. The review period would last a week to ten days and then the membership would vote on whether or not to accept the current contract.
We don't know about you, but we won't sign a FedEx tablet without reading it first, yet the officers were asked to vote on a three year contract without having a contract to review and voting began immediately after the contract was presented (read it here). In addition, non-union members and probationary officers were allowed to participate in the APOA vote - something that our Eyes tell us has never happened before and could easily explain the 59 vote approval margin. Particularly when you take into account the fact that no one had seen the contract.
Sergeant Heh's motion was seconded and eventually tabled for 30 days to allow for notification of the APOA membership.
(Sidebar)At present, the only thing that will stop this divisive contract the passage of the sergeant's motion and a subsequent "no" vote by the membership or a city council intervention. Since this is a multi-year deal, it requires the approval of the council; which we believe they would be wise to withhold if for no other reason than the current contract is dividing the department and putting the general public at risk because of that division.
We find it amazing that the APOA would present a contract that affects the financial futures of some 800 officers and ask them to vote on acceptance immediately when almost every other motion requires a 30 day membership notification.