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Local 724 Political News
Keep it right here for you latest Team 724 news and events.
Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
and Team 724's next move..

AUGUST UPDATE




Borrowing a quote from author Natalie Babbit, "The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning". August arrival means summer is half over yet with such a rainy June it seems like it's hardly started. Our members vacation season is in full swing from staycations in Connecticut to European holidays and all points in between our people are enjoying their well earned time off somewhere in the sun.

Local 724 continues to remain relevant, this time with a peek behind another Sailfest that came and went with NLPD overtime man hours totaling 1040 hours over the three days at a cost of $53, 873. That figure does not include the 40 mutual aid police officers who contributed approximately 400 man hours on Saturday night.
Sincere appreciation to our mutual aid partners this year: Amtrak, Waterford, East Lyme, Norwich, Putnam, Willimantic Police and CT Parole. Sailfest is difficult enough, without their assistance policing this event would be impossible.

Special thanks to APD Chief Wayne Moore for bringing in 26 APD officers who work tirelessly for three days at "ground zero", State and South Water Street rail crossing where the busiest choke point of the event is. It also marked his final Sailfest. After 43 years of police service with APD he looks forward to retirement this September. He was a reliable mutual aid partner who was always willing to lend his agency's assistance to NLPD on many occasions. Best of luck Chief, you will be missed!

We appreciate CAO Steve Fields and Mayor Mike Passero for personally thanking our men and women at the Saturday 3pm roll call. On behalf of the mayor who was running late Steve praised the hard work of new custodian Tom Farrino for his hard work improving the cleanliness of police headquarters, expressed their continued interest to improve the PD infrastructure facilities, increase our sworn personnel to 75 this year and obtain desperately needed new police vehicles. All welcomed words in an election year, now we wait to see if they really meant it.

We welcomed rookies Mike Jarvis and Joe Hajj to their first Sailfest after successfully graduating from the Milford Police Academy after six and a half months of training. Glad to have the extra help. Speaking of rookies, our new budget year beginning July 1 allows for 2 new police hires, it's now August with no word of selection process. In our continuing attempts at remaining relevant we will keep abreast on this hiring process.
We also take this opportunity to salute our own Chief Pete Richard who stood side by side his officers throughout Sailfest Saturday. From the mid morning shooting investigation on Walden Ave, he not only responded to the scene but was one of the lead officers entering a house looking for the armed suspect to all over the Sailfest venue where stood shoulder to shoulder with officers on Bank Street at 2:30 am when the final fireworks personnel were relieved. We respect a leader of men and women who leads his troops from the front.

Following up on our July update regarding some issues with K9 unit oversight we have been working with the chief and the Mayor's office to rectify these issues. While some have scoffed that our issue is nothing more than an attempt to remain relevant (there is that word again) we would not so politely disagree. There have been ongoing and forthright talks which we believe will achieve a resolution in the near future.

Mark your calendars for August 6… when NLPD hosts their 10th annual National Night Out at Ocean Beach. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between school children and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community under positive circumstances.
The continued success of this event requires a lot of planning and logistics all of which has been coordinated by Sgt Max Bertsch and many of our officers who volunteer on their night off to help ensure a great time is had by the kids. To make it even more special the police union and other generous donors made it possible to raffle off 10 brand new bikes at this year's event.

Our annual Union fundraiser by TCI should wrap up by the end of this month. We sincerely thank every citizen and business throughout the SECT region that participated with their generous contributions. If you haven't been called and would like to help in the campaign send your check payable to the New London Police Union, PO Box 135, New London, CT. 06320. Check out our web page to see where much of our dollars raised is actually given back to the community.
It's been 7 months since Ned Lamont became governor. In the words of former NYC mayor Ed Koch, "How am I doin?" Lamont ranks the 3rd most unpopular governor in the country with a 48% disapproval rating. Most voter dissatisfaction is from his handling of taxes and plans to implement tolls. However 58% would agree to tolls if revenues were exclusively put into transportation lock box only used for highway improvements. Problem is no one has spelled out what a 5-10-15 year highway improvement plan looks like and everyone believes the legislature will raid the fund with foolish new spending.
There aren't many times we agree with editorials from The Day but their July 19 piece complaining the4 Mayor should have a seat on the Port Authority is spot on. If Governor Lamont is going all in on State Pier for future wind energy industry development that will have a yet to be determined positive or negative impact on the city demands that the mayor be a part of the oversight. We expect our elected SECT house and senate officials to not only speak out to correct this oversight but move to enact legislation to ensure it happens or stall the entire project. For far too long New London has been stuck with the dirty end of every deal that has negatively impacted the city.
August also means November municipal elections are quickly creeping up on us. Democrat incumbent Mike Passero seeks his second term while Republican challenger Marty Olsen and Green Party "community organizer" Frida Berrigan wants their chance in the mayor's seat.
Mike has worked hard improving the city. Many new sidewalks and curbing dot the city with some streets repaved, Crystal Ave high rise apartments are finally closed, improved labor relations and working conditions at the police department, a focus on improving city services, encouraging new residential development projects, fixing flood issues at Greens Harbor Beach, rebuilding the Veterans Field, reinvigorating State Pier with off shore wind investments and finding business opportunities from the expanded Electric Boat footprint within the city.
Is there a lot to do? Of course, New London continues to face significant issues like: the ongoing public school crisis, increasing the grand list, improving city services, fill an empty downtown, and continue to fix city infrastructure from decades of neglect.
Make no mistake the city has been neglected for some long the bullet list is overwhelming with challenges in front of us. It will also take some time to fix things and voters will have to decide who is the best person to lead them forward for the next four years. What is certain is there have been some visible signs of improvement throughout the city under Mike Passero's term in office and has been very responsive to our agency needs compared to our former mayor. Our members believe with tangible proof that we are certainly better off than we were 4 years ago.

Local 724 will offer our endorsement for Mayor in September. Our main objective is determining which candidate we can work with on issues most important to our members: wage, benefits and working conditions to include labor relations.
Regardless of who we endorse, our decision is not personal and is not a judgment on lack of character pr any personal animus, it's simply our belief on who is the best candidate at this time to work with us to move the city forward that includes addressing our member's relevant concerns.

 

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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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