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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
and Team 724's next move..
July brings us those lazy hazy days of summer and our well deserved vacation
season. Many of our hard working members begin escaping their 60 hour
work weeks for their favorite hotels, motels and campgrounds. Near or
far, some will enjoy the woods, others by a lake and the rest on a beach
near Saint Somewhere. We encourage all of them to find their perfect place
with family and friends, leave work behind, forget what day of the week
it is and have a toast to a vacation of no regrets!
Father's Day Chief Pete Richard took the time to show appreciation for
all the hard work that everyone does here at NLPD, keeping the city
safe is not an easy task. He stated during the holiday times it’s
hard to leave our loved ones and come into work and provided lunch on
him for the day and evening shift with freshly made pizza in the parking
lot from Luigi's Wood Fired Pizza Risto truck. A great morale booster
and belt line buster for all! Thank you Chief.
July 1st means the fiscal budget year begins. We expect two newly funded
police officer positions to be hired as soon as possible boosting our
staffing numbers to 74. While not close to the required minimum staffing
of 80 it is better than the previous number of 68. Union leadership continues
to keep an open dialogue with Chief Reichard and Mayor Passero's office
to improve upon those staffing numbers.
Part of those discussions resulted in the Chief's decision to assign Investigator(s)
to the Detective Bureau assisting with a back log of criminal investigations,
in particular a focus on sexual assault casework that has spiked in this
#metoo era. Contract already language exists and presents a great opportunity
for our members to gain valuable experience.
President Lynch has expressed our concerns with the lack of any formal
discussions about agency reorganization since first brought up informally
by the chief in 2018. Union officials believe any formal talks should
begin with management on what they envision their new plan to be. Our
issues revolve around how changes would affect daily operations and the
impact on current rank and file before any counter proposals would be
extended. We remain ready and willing for those talks to begin, especially
before any promotion of a Deputy Chief position is made. To be clear,
we don't oppose the need for a DC just that for continuity the re-org
should also be incorporated into any such promotion.
of our police K9 Belgian Malinois' was relinquished back to the breeder
for outside agency training issues and behavioral concerns not consistent
with our program needs. The department plans to accept a young German
Shepherd from the breeder in September with formal training to follow
throughout the fall.
Todd Lynch has 25 years of police K9 trainer experience with over 225
dogs, was commanding officer of CSP K9 Unit and a recognized court certified
expert in K9 training. In fact former Chief Bruce Rinehart hired Todd
in 2007 with the expressed intent of having him run the NLPD K9 training
The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association (CPWDA) provides police K9
trainers as an alternative to state police. Local police agencies pay
annual fees to belong to CPWDA. Their bylaws state that once a trainer
is recognized they can only be removed for just cause or are no longer
an active police officer. For reasons only known to CPWDA president Dan
Lane, Todd Lynch's certification was suddenly pulled without any prior
notice or further explanation.
CT Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST-C) does not have
specific prerequisites or guidelines on police k9 trainer requirements
other than individual trainer qualifications found on a resume. However
lacking the CPWDA certification Chief Richard has claimed he fears the
State's Attorney's office may not prosecute any K9 related cases without
such a certificate from some entity.
It certainly raises our argument that Lynch's certificate may have been
pulled to ensure outside entities train our dogs, even though our policies
and stipulated agreements require our own in house department K9 trainer
prompting a pending grievance. The Chief has the ability to make this
right inside our agency and we wait to see how and when he resolves this.
While this tit for tat plays out, if this mess it is not quickly resolved
Local 724 leadership is reviewing all their options including consideration
of legal action against CPWDA and its individual board members for violating
their own by laws to decertify Lynch to personally harm not only his ability
to train any K9's but also his professional reputation as a highly qualified
The daily life and expectations of police officers certainly has changed
over the last few decades. A larger knowledge base with more daily responsibility,
more oversight and accountability both internally and externally with
a demanding public that insists feelings are just as important as facts
insisting the cop was wrong until proven the cop was right. That’s
the job today. We accept it for what it is.
is equally just as important this department recognize our personnel for
acts of valor, outstanding performance, dedication to duty and service
to the nation, state, county or community. Our men and women have performed
some exceptional services which have gone unnoticed for too long by the
agency except for occasional letters of commendation or recognition by
an outside agency and that needs to change.
Republican Marty Olsen has formally entered the race of New London mayor
this November. We salute him for his public service and encourage a robust
debate on the public issues that face the city. On that note our biggest
question for Marty having served the city in various capacities for decades
is, just what are your accomplishments?
In 2009 while running for council Marty believed the city's salvation
is rooted in improving its schools and said success will require community-based
support and fiscal transparency. Development of Fort Trumbull is also
a priority. Well it's 2019 and the schools are a bigger mess now and Ft
Trumbull still vacant for the last 14 years. (Keeping in the spirit of
his transparency Marty moved from New London to Lyme for several years
when his children were school aged to avoid attending NLPS.)
Forward to 2011 Marty ran for mayor claiming his education and teaching
experience give him a background necessary for the mayor's role as an
ex-officio member of the Board of Education. He said the board is currently
not taking a firm stance to improve academic performance and other aspects
of the , and that working to do so would be a top priority if he is elected.
"We're literally trolling at the bottom of the state of Connecticut,
which is not where we want to be," he said." So what have you
done since 2011 since the schools are worse now.
Other aspects of city government, including expand the city's Grand List
and encourage development, residents also need to feel safe and that the
current number of officers (85) is adequate for police patrols and duties."We
can function I think very professionally with the current staffing,"
he said while supporting former Chief Ackely over rank and file members.
Now in 2019 he is running again for mayor with a focus on the "perception
of safe city" (74 officers), maximizing our opportunities,”
by building better relationships with Connecticut College, Mitchell College,
the Coast Guard Academy and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and plans to
better promote the city’s history as a destination, tackle blight
and bulky waste issues and “inspire neighborhood and community pride.”
Well the aforementioned non profits aren't about to open their wallets
anytime soon, the sole blight officer left months ago and not replaced
so your campaign is now about inspiring community pride?
So again Marty as a current councilor, former deputy mayor and former
member of economic development and planning and zoning committees we ask
two questions: What are your accomplishments as an elected official that
have improved the city and now move New London forward? Are we better
off now than we were 4 years ago?
5th marked the end of this year's General Assembly legislative session
preventing us from any more crazy bills until next year. The House of
Representatives passed 428 bills while the Senate endorsed 380 of which
230 are new laws that are now on Governor Lamont's desk for review for
either support or veto.
One of those bills was SB-882 which as proposed called for more than doubling
employee contribution increases over three years to the Municipal Employee
Retirement System (MERS) which includes our membership. Since MERS is
one of the best funded public pensions in the country our employees took
exception to the proposal.
tireless help from AFSCME's legislative coordinators Brian Anderson and
Zak Levy along with assistance from Council 4's communications director
Larry Dorman, executive director Jody Barr and CT- AFL-CIO executive director
Sal Luciano the bill provisions were whittled down to an acceptable compromise
of a three percent increase spread over six years at one half of one percent
each year while gutting Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)
proposals that sought upwards of an additional 13 % of employee wage contributions
with lesser retirement plans for new employees and language that favored
management in future arbitration cases.
In the words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "politics doesn't
happen by accident, if it happens it was planned that way". Local
724 with the help of our AFSCME leaders who were at the tip of the spear
found fair and equitable solution for our members that protected their
hard won benefits. We appreciate their hard work that never gets the credit
they rightly deserve. On behalf of Local 724 we salute Brian, Zak, Larry,
Jody and Sal for their assistance on this bill.
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.
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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