This post is not to be controversial. However it is my observations. When we all decided to go with the Teamsters, it was because everything sounded good. They presented us with a good articulation of why we should join the organization. They brought up Officers from Florida where they went from a 30 year retirement to 25 years. Then a few years later, they were successful in obtaining a 20 year retirement.
The Teamsters stated we will only pay $24 a month until the state AND city pass collective bargaining. Then it will be a % of our pay.
We were also told we needed to vote for Obama for President because that would guarantee collective bargaining in North Carolina ( a right to work state).
As years passed, we have seen board members step down because they knew it was in their best interest to get promoted. I can't say I don't blame them. (You can argue this point to where new blood needs to be brought in, but it is what it is).
Now we are voting again for Teamster elections. If WE don't get the right people in, we will not have a strong voice. I can understand this. The former RPD officer in the election has done a great job.
Some questions to pose:
Are we not fighting for the right things? -
-schedule: the Field Ops schedule is out of date. Cary PD has a decent schedule. Permanent shifts, overtime pay, 4 day work week,etc... The City has their own 25 year retirement for the Officers ( I used Cary just for comparison purposes only)
We should be presenting schedules that work! Arguing that the current schedule
- Pay: This will always be an argument that never gets old. How about presenting a pay raise that will bump pay every year for the next 5 years (a reasonable % each year and make sure the medical insurance increases do not surpass the raises).
This is just a few observations and questions I have. I have more, but this is a good start.
I know the one argument that will be brought up is: Do I attend the meetings? My answer is no I do not. I can give many reasons/ excuses why I don't but I will not do that. My counter argument would be: 'I pay my dues, I vote for my voice to be heard (election), and we have our 'Police Board' (President, VP, etc...) to help us with my views. (I am sure this will be addresses in one of the responses to follow by certain members).
Again, I am not trying to create controversy here. I am just addressing SOME observations and some questions.
Have a good day and Be Safe!