|"Here you sell it cause I'm not taking the hit on this!"|
Hmmm, the Eye takes a little much needed vacay and what happens, our dear friends at the APOA decide to sneak the latest version of the APOA contract in for a vote on next Monday, July 7.
APOA President Lopez, describes the new contract as being reasonable and that it is:
"2% away from making us whole from the Contract Violations and budget cuts that were imposed on our membership in 2010. This is a substantial increase that puts the APOA membership on the road to recovery."
Here's a link to APOA president Stephanie Lopez and Paul Broom's presentation regarding the one-year contract.
Now, some existing folks in the APOA relayed to us there concerns and these explain why this contract is being rushed to be accepted. In short, CAO Rob Perry gets his way. But in detail here are some major concerns:
-Perry gets his way and the union pays for their own time. Brooms sells this as being a something that benefits officers given whats coming from the DOJ.
-Officers are going to pay more into their PERA. Any raise just goes to fund the PERA.
-I am totally baffled about longevity. Scale 1, Scale 2? Are these amounts that the officer gets every
2 weeks, monthly, yearly?
-Polygraph gets extra pay? There is no Polygraph unit. Frank and Johnson should not be getting
extra pay for not doing Polygraph.
-What exactly is the pay raise are the officers getting? Lopez and company say 5% but it doesn’t say
that. It should. Everything should be spelled out. So they get a 5% pay raise, but the officers are
going to have to pick up at minimum 1.12% more into PERA and lose vacation time to fund the
union. So lets just say they are getting a 3% pay raise, maybe.
-Retention pay for senior officers is gone. Who does this? We are down almost 300 officers and we
need to keep the experience but no, Berry and Perry strike that from the contract. Well maybe they
want the senior guys to flee, err I mean retire at 20.
-While APOA officers are paying a huge portion into their PERA account, Prisoner Transport personnel (they're NOT officers) are paying next to nothing. In fine print the contract says:
The city shall pay 8.76% of each employee’s PERA Contribution in addition to the City’s employer premium contribution.
-PTU officer however will be going into their own bargaining unit after this contract. So why should APD officers leverage the cost of PTU personnel now?! Or is it as Lopez says, the APOA will negotiate for them as their own bargaining unit.
"A lot of sacrifices were made. This is a huge increase," says Stephanie Lopez. Broom states that this is the best we can do and the biggest raise of city employees. As best scripted by Perry and Berry.
Several months ago, an all but totally similar contract was presented to the officers and defeated with virtual unanimous support of the rank and file. What say you officers?