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  • Mayor and DC Council reduce police retirement health benefits

    Please take a moment of your time to read this and see how screw up it is with this city.

    "On Tuesday, September 22, 2009, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Act of 2009 (BSA). As previously reported, the BSA contains provisions, proposed by the Mayor, that reduce retirement health benefits for police officers and firefighters. The fact that the BSA would reduce retirement health
    benefits for police officers was announced at the hearing and made clear to all council members prior to the vote. Despite that fact, every single council member voted to reduce police benefits. At no point did Chief Lanier or any of her command staff raise any objections to or question the necessity and impact of cutting police retirement benefits.

    By passing the BSA, the Mayor and the Council have also moved to reduce the number of police officers by approximately 10%. The BSA provides for a hiring freeze for police officers (except for 50 positions paid for through a federal grant). We are already approximately 200 officers short of the statutorily authorized 4200 positions. Assuming conservative attrition, we will be at 3800 by this time next year. This means fewer officers on the street and in the neighborhoods, and more work for those that remain. Chief Lanier
    has raised no objections to this reduction in the police force.

    At the same time, as part of the BSA, the Mayor proposed and the Council approved $1.9 million for bonuses for executives, $1 million for the Historical Society, $85 million to buy an office building that has sat unused for 3 years, $2.6 million for the Office of Police Complaints (which adjudicates less than 15 complaints a year), and $20 million for the Mayor’s summer jobs program. In addition, D.C. council members remain eligible for annual statutory cost of living increases to their six-figure salaries (D.C. council members are part-time employees).

    This past week has made several things clear; 1) we have no friends or allies on the D.C. Council - they do not care what happens to us; 2) the Chief and the Mayor will not follow the rules and will not support us; and 3) we can prevail through the courts and administrative processes (e.g., AHOD). FOP attorneys are already working on challenges to the reduction in benefits and we will pursue those to the end. But we, as police officers and as a union, need to make a decision. We must decide whether to stand and fight for our
    rights and our jobs or to sit by and watch as they strip away the rest of our few remaining benefits and as the working conditions in this Department continue to decline.

    If you choose to fight, we have to be prepared to really fight. We need to expand our legal challenges to the Department's unlawful behavior, we need go out and recruit candidates for office that are pro-police and tough on crime and work to remove those that are antipolice and soft on crime, and we need to let the public know what is happening to its police officers. To accomplish this, we will need resources. Next month, you will have an opportunity to vote to amend the By-Laws and increase the dues in order to provide those resources. Over the next several weeks you will be provided
    with explanations of the changes and encouraged to discuss the changes with your union representatives. The decision to fight, and the future of this union, will be yours to make."

  • #2
    What was the reduction

    1) 20 and out w/ pension
    2) Health Benifits for how long?

    If your a Fed or Local what is the Officers cost to buy back the time per year? Or say you have 10 Years elsewhere what would the cost be to buy it back and retire after 10 w/ 20 years.

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    • #3
      That doesn't surprise me at all. Any real strong union that truly protects the rank-and-file would be able to stop this. The reason why the city and the police dept can do this, is because they CAN!! D.C FOP is not a strong union. Thats a fact. I have zero faith in MPD's union.

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      • #4
        The real problem is when you're retired you don't really have the clout that the actives have. The pension fund here in Ohio zapped the retirees on health benefits where our share went from $85/month to $700/month. It looks like we might get kicked in the butt again.

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        • #5
          Where is this story from? I couldn't find it anywhere else, and the DC city council doesn't seem to have any record of it.

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          • #6
            Well I'm not surprised as many cities nationwide are doing the same. Cities are going broke and they have to make cuts, it sucks but it sthe truth. If you don't like it then be ready to see your taxes raised and if you don't like that then you are in La La land.
            Disclaimer: The writer does not represent any organization, employer, entity or other individual. The views expressed are those only of the writer. In the case of a sarcastic, facetious, nonsensical, stirring-the-pot, controversial or devil's advocate-type post, the views expressed may not even reflect those of the writer [This sig stolen from Brickcop who stole it from Frank Booth].

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            • #7
              Because this is an issue of some concern to those of us with an interest in the MPDC. Here is the link to the budget that this thread is referring to. However I can find no evidence of the cuts described above... Not saying the above is wrong. Just can't find it in the record.

              http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.u...%20Updated.pdf
              MPDC
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              POST: 07/18/09 Passed
              Blue Book: 07/24/09 Passed

              BI: 09/29/09 Pending
              Psyc/Med: TBD
              RB: TBD

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              • #8
                In fact according to the above document:
                "POLI C E OF F I C E R S’ AND F I R E F I GHTE R S’ RE T I REMENT S Y STEM (FD)
                No changes recommended."
                MPDC
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                POST: 07/18/09 Passed
                Blue Book: 07/24/09 Passed

                BI: 09/29/09 Pending
                Psyc/Med: TBD
                RB: TBD

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                • #9
                  Here are the facts that I found. Who knows what will really happen. I don't pay attn to all the crap that flows from peoples mouths.

                  http://cfo.dc.gov/cfo/frames.asp?doc...ers_part_i.pdf

                  This is dated July 17 and is the latest on the official budget.
                  http://grc.dc.gov/grc/cwp/view.asp?a=1246&q=461373

                  "The proposed revisions to the FY 2010 budget passed by the council on May 12, 2009, keep the budget balanced by indentifying targeted savings... In meeting the challenge we have... and protected critical public safety initives."

                  FTE stands for full time equivilant. Thats any employee that pulls full time salary.

                  On page 434 you will see the line in the chart for the Police Academy.
                  FY 2009 they budgeted for 528FTE's FY 2010 they budgeted 844FTE's.

                  Also since this document includes the gap closing inititives, you can see that the difference between was approved and what will actually happen doesn't include cutting funding for new recruits.

                  According to this they have funding for more recruits then last year.


                  Like I said depending on who you ask they will all tell you different things. I for one don't belive that a city already 200+ below staffing is going to stop hiring for a full year. Especially considering they cut OT by 27% in the budget. Plus the COPS grant provides for 50 officers. Do you really think that they are going to have one class of 50? IMO they will have more classes. It's a matter of just getting over the hump into the new year. When have you ever seen a company keep spending at the end of the year?

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                  • #10
                    all this was recent, sept 23, I think. The city councils did pass the mayor's proposals. Many of you can't find anything or heard anything probably because you are not yet already on the job. If you ask any DC officers, they'll tell you what's going on. I'm not trying to start anything, just passing on some info to the outsiders.

                    That Guy: this city cant be broke since its budget is coming from the fed yearly. If you think about it, this is a federal city.

                    Joey: the document you found dated july or may, wait till they post the current one. I actually have a copy, but no electronic copy of the most current one.

                    try to look up under mpd fop website. maybe you can find something on there.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mpd-k9 View Post
                      That Guy: this city cant be broke since its budget is coming from the fed yearly. If you think about it, this is a federal city.
                      You are correct in theory ... however the US Congress has safeguards in place which require the District Government to maintain a balanced budget and a $20,000,000 "Rainy Day Fund" for emergencies.

                      The District Government was granted LIMITED HOME RULE under the Home Rule Act, so it must comply with whatever rules the US Congress sends its way. Anyone who has been around DC for any amount will remember the Financial Control Board that was appointed to oversee District Government finances during Marion Barry's final term in office (thats how CFO Anthony Williams was appointed and ended up in DC and eventually as the Mayor).

                      Thus if District Government wants to retain its Home Rule, it must comply with Congress' rules, which includes maintaining a balanced budget.
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distric...ice_Department

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                      • #12
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