(Sidebar)If all of that weren't enough the boys on the 5th floor moved APD from a 4/10 weekly schedule to 5/8s right at the time when gas prices have hit $4 a gallon and the rest of the world is considering going to 4/10s to save gas. To make matters worse, the move to 5/8s triggered a long standing provision of the APOA/APD contract that basically says that if an officer has court any time after their shift they are automatically entitled to 2 hours of overtime at time and a half.
Our Eyes maintain that the current 972 officers on the force that the 5th floor is admitting to is the result of at least a little creative accounting. One example given is the new PIO Nadine Hamby who bid for motors yet never reports since her duties as PIO take precedence. According to our Eyes Ms. Hamby has two jobs - one of which she doesn't perform. The scheme doesn't make the public any safer but it makes certain politicians and their at will employees safer in their positions.
After consulting with the union attorneys and the city attorney, the APOA brought the provision to the attention of the 5th floor. According to our Eyes Chief Shultz left the decision whether or not to follow the black letter provisions of the contract to the vast contract law experience of Deputy Chief Michael Calloway - who promptly decided to ignore the provision and the advice of the city attorney (read it here).
Initially, the APOA offered to forgive the overtime in exchange for a move back to a 4/10 schedule. Of course that was a week or so after the new 5/8 schedule began - now grave yard officers in particular are owed literally thousands of dollars each. That's money they've earned and the city agreed to pay even if DC Calloway has refused to pay it.
Remember we told you that all of the attorneys agreed that the 5th floor must pay the overtime indicated in their contract? Well it turns out that the folks over at aviation have been receiving the overtime for over two years. Oops! Now the 5th floor wants to take the initial deal offered by the APOA - 4/10s for debt forgiveness.
Frankly, we don't blame the union for not being interested. They were in essence told to screw-off and now after APOA members are owed thousands of dollars - money being paid to aviation officers - the 5th floor wants a deal. You just gotta' love these guys!