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Local 724 Political News
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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
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OCTOBER UPDATE

 


The war on cops continues with more police being injured and killed each month. In all of 2019 147 officers died in the line of duty. 2020 to date there have been 211 killed up 86%, 35 murdered by gunfire and 117 from COVID-19. The latest FBI statistics from 2018 show over 58,800 officers were assaulted, a nationwide ratio of 10.8 assaults per 100 officers.
America in 2020 is more like Alice in Wonderland, up is down and right is left. Riots across the country being called mostly peaceful protests and looting from stores that don't bleed is called reparations by these rioters while the media is complicit refusing to call it what it is, rampant criminal behavior. Nationwide insurance claims for riot damage to date is the highest in US history at over 2 billion dollars , yet our TV talking heads insist it was mostly peaceful protesting.

Efforts by Seattle Police to control the riots, burning of buildings and being assaulted by rocks, bottles and other projectiles has been challenged as excessive force in court by protestors claiming they were just trying to exercise their right to protest in the streets. Politicians who don't have clue about street-level realities are bowing to mob demands to defunding and taking away less lethal tools from police who are forced to control the chaos. Cops have recoiled back realizing that any police actions they take may result in, firing, arrest and lawsuits.
Urban areas throughout the country have seen spikes in violence and crime from opportunists while activists continue demands to defund and eliminate the police. New York is a mess with over 500,000 residents choosing to flee the city. Minneapolis in just three short months went from demands for immediate elimination of the police department to now complaints of where are the police with the city becoming lawless. Right here in New London we have active investigations into thirteen 13 recent shootings.


Fact is most police departments are already understaffed and underfunded. NLPD for example is so short staffed we have spent $200,00 in just the last two months in overtime expenses to meet agency manpower needs.
Robbing these departments of much-needed resources injures the mission to protect and serve. “Defund the Police” means less training, decreased force readiness, and greater stress on officers. None of that equates to safer communities or building trust in our neighborhoods. It only leads to more crime and a win for criminals.

Critics and intellectuals will both agree more police training results in better police officers. Officers who are trained and efficient in verbal communications and basic take-down techniques rarely receive excessive use-of-force complaints. Yet our woke City Council severely cut our FY20-21 proposed training budget instead approved just $15,000 - peanuts for an agency our size. Councilors then say they support the police.
Another month closer to significant changes in Connecticut's use of force standards effective April 2021 and qualified immunity in July 2021 with at least three more officer's applications pending to leave NLPD. Our informal, unscientific query puts potential NLPD resignations and retirements by July 1, 2021 at fourteen, over 21% of the agency manpower gone -- just like that.

This poorly written bill on police accountability is chock full of problems from constitutional challenges, federal supremacy issues, technical law violations, unfunded mandates, lack of training curriculum on new use of force, decriminalized laws that limit police pro-activity and hurried implementation timelines to creating a plaintiff's attorney dream of actionable frivolous lawsuits against officers leaving officers afraid to act.
Last month's update we discussed the new use of force standard and qualified immunity laws creates greater risk of liability and burdens of litigation for officer. This month we learned at least one insurance company issued a non-renewal notice for personal liability umbrella coverage for an unacceptable risk- being a state trooper.

Our worst fears are becoming true allowing for cop chasing lawyers looking to sue and now an inability to obtain personal liability insurance to protect ourselves, our families and assets. Compounding that is all the legislators who acknowledged the bill needed to be fixed but refused to bring the bill up in the September Special Session. All quietly hiding in their offices afraid to do the right thing because of elections in November or activists plotting to make even more draconian changes in the 20201 legislative session.
Change is constant and inevitable but these wholesale changes should have been well thought out in collaboration with the Chiefs of Police vetted through Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Attorney General's Office then implemented incrementally rather than bum rushed causing all these unintended consequences. Not to worry the bill proponents already have their talking points - good cops have nothing to worry about, it's just the bad cops that are leaving.
The Connecticut Conference on Municipalities (CCM) is the lobbying organization for municipal chief executive officers in the state. They are extremely concerned with the negative impact this bill has caused on police recruitment and retention and the significant financial impact on their budgets and reserve accounts fearing a spike in frivolous lawsuits.
This situation is compounded by the anti police mob that insists any use of force is wrong and criminal. Ask yourself why on earth will any police officer continue to work in this environment? They won't! Good luck to those who stay.


Local 724's Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse Republican challenger Kat Goulart for State Representative 39th District seat against incumbent Anthony Nolan. Goulart has been a long time vocal supporter of police. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Police Community Relations Committee, chairwoman of the New London Republican Town Committee and commissioner on the Economic Development Commission. She also serves as the vice president of the FBI New Haven Citizen Alumni Association and treasurer of the New London Babe Ruth League.
Kat Goulart recognizes the Police Transparency and Accountability Bill is fraught with problems that negatively impacts not only police officers but municipalities and the communities that need police the most. She is mindful of social issues and believes more efforts are needed in Hartford to improve New London's economic climate for success.
Goulart comes from a union family, dad was an IEBW member and brother is state trooper. She is pro-labor providing honest, good paying jobs for hard working families and favors Project Labor Agreements (PLA's) with development projects.
We are happy to stand with someone who stands with us on our important issues. Which is exactly why we unanimously endorsed Kat Goulart for State Representative. If you want to help her please use this link to donate to her campaign.
We remind our readers this Union whole heartedly endorsed Anthony Nolan in the February 2019 Special Election for this seat. He agreed to attend more union meetings, communicate legislative matters in Hartford with the members and failed on that promise. When our own Union election took place in October 2019 he was 1 of only 3 members not to vote. The other two were on military leave. Anthony Nolan is a nice gentleman, it has nothing to do with him as a person. It has everything to do with him as a politician who was there for our members concerns which was the deciding factor on his failed endorsement.


Our loyal readers, friends and families who we know are the silent majority of sensible voters and read this column regularly are asked to make their voices heard on Election Day, VOTE!!


The views expressed by the author may not necessarily reflect the views of all Local 724 members.


 

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Why Political Action

THE DECISIONS that a legislative body makes, whether it is a school board, city council, county board, state legislature, or the U.S. Congress, affect AFSCME members and their families in dramatic ways.

Elected officials vote on budgets that affect employee wages, benefits, working conditions and pensions. They vote on issues of particular concern to AFSCME members, like privatization, and they vote on broader issues of concern to all working families, such as health care reform and workers' compensation. That's why working people need to have allies among elected officials. And that's why working people need to work to elect these allies.

The Local 724 executive board has the collective responsibility to provide vision and direction for the local. It is up to the leadership team to look ahead, set goals and develop a plan to make strategic planning a critical element to having a strong union which can only come about when membership is informed, educated and active.

Unions can never hope to match the hundreds of millions of dollars big business pours into every election. But working people have superior numbers, so they can get out in the streets and work for candidates. And if members pool their cash, unions can help make sure that their endorsed candidates have enough funds to compete against business-backed opponents in the ever-more important media ad wars.

Through the political process we can be involved in setting important public policy. Through the political process public employees can elect representatives who are sensitive to maintaining vital public services and committed to dealing with workers fairly.

Local 724 accomplishes this through political action in conjunction with the exercise of collective bargaining process, growth and community involvement to produce a just and rewarding workplace.

   

Local 724 gets recognized on the national level!

On January 28, 2011 at the Council 4 Campaign for the Middle Class Seminar in Meriden The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO thanked the New London Police Union- Local 724 for their efforts in the Labor 2010 campaign.

Lee Saunders, International Secretary-Treasurer and AFSCME Council 4's Sal Luciano who is also an International Vice President honored Local 724 with a certificate "In recognition of their tireless work and commitment during the 2010 State of Connecticut general elections". To this day labor leaders throughout the state continue to praise our Malloy/Wyman Pre-Debate Rally as a new benchmark of what local labor can achieve when committed to a goal.

Chuck Flynn was honored to accept the award on behalf of our entire membership which will hang proudly in the 724 "Hall of Justice". I want to personally thank everyone that participated in some way no matter how big or small. Our election success was due to the collective efforts of our TEAM-Together Everyone Accomplishes More.

 


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