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October Update


September began with a bittersweet goodbye to Senior Sergeant Scott Johnson who retired after 25 years of honorable and dedicated service. Scott started his police career with Groton City then left to take over Capitol Uniforms while continuing as a part time Montville Officer and seasonal DEP officer at Rocky Neck State Park before joining NLPD.
Scott was hired with 14 other lateral police officers as members of the first Safe Neighborhood Program. He spent many years as an undercover narcotics officer both with the State Police and New London Vice Unit before a well deserved promotion to Sergeant where he served with distinction for over 12 years. Scott leave us with a big void of experience as he takes some well deserved time off before starting his next chapter in law enforcement. Good luck Scott you will be missed.
Johnson's retirement allowed for new promotions of Josh Bergeson to Sergeant and Matt Cassiere to Detective. Both officers have a wealth of training and experience that will make their transitions pain free. Congratulations to Josh and Matt.
During the recent promotion ceremony Mayor Mike Passero took a moment to thank the police union leadership for their cooperation, ideas and guidance on many issues facing the police department. The Mayor's Office and Union leadership are cooperatively finalizing details to hire replacement officers in December ahead of three anticipated retirements in the first quarter of 2019 as a means to avoid any more erosion on our base line staffing. Results of these collaborative efforts have been highly visible with not only these recent promotions but with several major renovation projects taking place simultaneously.
On the outside DPW cut an access turn from Winthrop Blvd directly into the PD lot bypassing a traffic light and expanded our parking lot by 24 spaces. The project was coordinated by DPW, Mayor's office and Risk Manager Paul Gills as part of the $2 million bond for sidewalk replacement and street improvements. A big thank you to DPW for their hard work in this venture.

Inside the stationhouse contractors are busy with demolition, remediation and rebuilding the Shift Commander and Patrol Division Commander's offices after years of water damage and deferred maintenance while DPW is fabricating prisoner holding area safety improvements. These simultaneous projects have been a huge inconvenience with day to day operations but everyone has displayed extraordinarily patience looking forward to the final results.

With five supervisor vacancies due to an unfunded position, retirement and injuries it has been a difficult September with too many 16 hour shifts required to cover these holes. It's an unsustainable pace that is not safe for the officer nor the public. One thing is for sure - the Union will not concede any rights or benefits for a Rube Goldberg solution when the problem is and remains lack of adequate staffing and the City's continued refusal to meet minimum staffing numbers.

More than a year after the Union held a public fundraising campaign to reinvigorate the police K9 program we continue to hold K9 fundraising monies in a dedicated account as the City has yet to provide a definitive plan or hard date to obtain the 4th fully funded dog for the K9 program. The City did offer to hold the K9 funds but we respectfully declined realizing the City's interests are not necessarily in the best interests of our K9 program and continue our wait for them to come up with a plan.

Speaking of money our devastated operating budget makes it difficult to do our jobs. Case in point, each patrol cruiser should have a digital camera that utilizes a memory card or SD format card to photograph evidence. Card costs range from $11.00 for 16 GB cards to $40.00 for 64 GB cards. Due to heavy use in the field and the many hands that touch it from loading the camera to processing the photos as evidence they can be misplaced or lost. Sometimes the cards wear out or more often can be lost due to their small size, clumsy hands in all kinds of weather and locations with poor lighting conditions when transferred to different officers every shift of every day.
The last batch of cards were purchased in July 2017. Since then we scrambled with less and less until now when we have approximately 3 SD cards for the entire division with no money to purchase new cards. Our men and women work in conditions sometimes referred to as a MASH unit with the number of daily challenges we face. We do the best we can with what we have which at times is simply not good enough - but that too is the reality we live in with our constant budget cuts. Again not a problem to most of our readers unless of course it was you that was short changed with our police services due to budget limitations.

In the late 1990's after decades of economic declines and formally a distressed municipality designation in New London the city decided in 2000 to redevelop the Ft Trumbull area as a way to attract and accommodate new businesses linked to the Pfizer facility. The intent was to create leisure and recreational opportunities and attract more businesses and people to the city. Consequently, it prepared and adopted a development plan under a state statute that allowed municipalities to acquire, improve, and transfer property for new development.
These eminent domain actions led to the famous Kelo v. New London US Supreme Court decision in 2005 where the city won. So here we are almost 20 years later with nothing to show for it. No plans, no development, no new businesses and no new tax revenues.
Maybe now is the time to invite outside developers and financiers to convene at the City's request and frankly tell them in easy to understand language why the City is not attractive to development, what needs to change and how to capitalize on those changes to move the City forward. Such a task would involve some heavy lifting, a task the City is not good at or perhaps the answers provided is information the City doesn't want to hear or act upon. But if the City is serious to improve development prospects it's a better than to cheer on the newest coffee shop or Bank Street bar as the barometer of City redevelopment efforts.

National politics disguised as a circus engineered by the Democrats captured the nation's attention turning the Constitution upside down in the SCOTUS confirmation hearings of Judge Bret Kavanaugh. From over 400 interruptions by paid protestors, judiciary committee members withholding pertinent information to 11th hour slow walking out a parade of alleged assault victims each providing weak redacted statements as proof positive that Kavanaugh must be removed from consideration.
Absent of any facts or corroboration yet insisting the claim must be believed and demanding Kavanaugh "has a responsibility to come forward and disprove the charges against him". Another words our esteemed liberals who have embraced Trump Resistance by ignoring all means of Kavanaugh's civil liberties insisted he must prove his innocence in the "court of credibility" as described by Hawaii Senator Maize Hirono. Or as Tucker Carlson stated "Once you've been accused in this new court of credibility, it's your job to un-convict yourself." Is this the perfect world liberals and ANTIFA desire for the rest of us?

Our own Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former United States Attorney challenged Kavanaugh with the quote ""False in one thing, false in many things" as a basis not to be believed. Interesting for Blumenthal to preface his statement since he remains infamous for his stolen valor claiming he served in Vietnam when in fact he dodged the draft with five deferments between 1965-1970 and joined the Marine Corps Reserve in Washington DC 1970-1976 when his political connections could not get him another deferment. Sgt Blumenthal's most dangerous mission was running Toys for Tots campaign in the District. Today Mr. Blumenthal is perpetually incensed, outraged or troubled by some cause of the day having well overstayed his 15 minutes of fame has been a front line conspirator of this charade insisting Kavanaugh guilty until proven innocent.
Where are all these Democrat cries for investigations of Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison for allegedly beating his girlfriend, or Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse of women when he donated heavy to many Democrats or CT Rep Elizabeth Esty, Senator Al Franken or Representative John Conyers until they themselves resigned first.
All of these Senators including Blumenthal shamelessly disregarding all due process just to ensure the progressive activists causes continue to get there way with a liberal leaning Supreme Court. Seems the system is only broke when liberals they don't get their way. Washington politics today is wining at all costs because nothing is more important than the win.
Every voter in Connecticut with even a shred of common sense and decency should vote this bloodless, hyperactive, fake, phony, chicken little also known as Richard Blumenthal out of office in 2020.

Statewide politics made a stop in New London with Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski slugging it out in their first televised debate at the Garde Arts Center. Lamont promises to turn the state around with tolls and new taxes and honor collective bargaining and union labor contracts. Stefanowski will cut expenses beginning with state agency employees and gut their SEBAC contracts by negotiation or by legislation to eliminate income taxes. It was hard to say who fared better since both dodged the hard questions with little substance on just how they specifically intend to turn Connecticut around with a proven workable solution.
Union officials have a priority and obligation to ensure their members obtain and retain the best wages, benefits and working conditions possible . As a public employee political relationships are a necessity and reality. Having access to elected officials to be heard on issues of member importance is paramount to any measure of success. Having a governor who will stand with labor on bedrock issues like protecting pensions and honor collective bargaining rights are too important to ignore
council 4One thing is for sure state employees have given concessions in 2009, 2011 and 2017. “We’ve stepped up and stepped up and stepped up, someone else step up" said Jody Barr, executive director of Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Outside the Garde Arts Center state labor unions once again joined forces in a call to action to support endorsed candidates including Ned Lamont with a loud and colorful labor rally which has become a marquee labor event every election cycle. Despite the wet weather that stopped just an hour before show time, Labor did not disappoint with a another memorable event fighting for the middle class and highlighting why elections matter.

What did ring true from the rally was our union members didn't cause the state's fiscal problems -the politicians did, and unions won't be anyone's scapegoat. We are the shrinking middle class who work hard, pay our taxes and get out the vote. We will certainly vote with those candidates that will stand with us.
Every vote matters make sure you vote counts and your voice is heard on Election Day.

 

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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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