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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..

OCTOBER UPDATE


Hard to believe this September 11, 2019 marked the nineteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. Surprisingly many Americans were not even born when our freedom was attacked and don't have any visceral moments of that day having to rely on what they learn from parents or history books . For those of us who were, that day will never be forgotten.
We said goodbye to Officer Josh Malaro on September 27, who took an early retirement after 12 years of service to explore new career opportunities. Since 2007 Josh was an active and respected officer who was dedicated public servant focused on making New London safer place for everybody. He most recently served as a School Resource Officer. Josh is former US Marine who honorably served several tours overseas including Iraq Upon his return home he continued to serve with the Connecticut Army National Guard 1048th Transportation Company where he held the rank of Captain.
We thank Josh for his service and the daily sacrifices made on our behalf. It is because of his selfless service that Americans and especially New Londoners wake up every day with the privilege of peace and freedom at home. May Good Luck be your friend Josh and trouble never find you!

Recent retirements have created an opportunity to hire four new officers as soon as possible. Likewise new promotions loom on the horizon too for our excited and deserving members sitting on active promotional lists. We welcome the next generation of Centurions and future police leaders to step up and make their mark serving the people of New London.
Despite the many daily challenges our men and women face with limited resources and manpower it doesn't diminish their commitment to protect and serve. A recent example of our commitment was the collective efforts by patrol officers, narcotics investigators, detectives and parole officers to identify, locate and safely apprehend a dangerous parolee with a history of violent crime on the run who had committed back to back robberies at local pharmacies. Investigators were able to recover evidence and stolen property from both crimes. Because of their coordinated efforts a series of serious crimes were immediately solved.

As we enter October there has been a flurry of activity inside the police station as DPW crews have been busy preparing for a new Shift Commander's office after 18 months of temporarily located to the roll call room. Plans to renovate the prisoner processing area have been expedited and the Chief has plans to order six new patrol cars and made a commitment to improve maintenance on our older fleet to keep them in safe condition.
We are a month away from municipal elections. On September 19, Local 724 joined forces with Public Works, Fire and the MEU city unions including statewide AFSCME and Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association leaders to publicly endorse Mike Passero for a second term as mayor. He has been good to us, treated us fairly on labor issues and provided us a seat at the table with management decisions.
During his first term Mike has made some visible progress with city problems and we believe deserves a second term to continue this progress. Obviously problems remain after years of deferred actions by prior city administrations and not everyone is happy about everything. But there has been measurable success in many areas and he has a path forward to continue his work for a better New London. His challenger has run on a campaign platform of endless questions to which he provides few answers and no record of measurable accomplishments as an elected official.
Our relationship with police administration and city hall has vastly improved since Passero was elected. From once having over 50 open grievances with the city during a former mayor's term with bitter public exchanges, we had just one grievance in 2019. As Union leaders we are unapologetic advocates on behalf of our members. The union remains committed to improving our manpower numbers to reach 80 officers, but the mayor must get fiscal authority from councilors -some of whom have historically not been supportive of police issues.
When it comes to politics we must take an active role to elect politicians who advocate for issues important to our working families, like the need to balance the economy, defend workers' rights, secure workers' benefits, invest in public services and ensure retirement for all.
John F. Kennedy once said " Labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor".
Our sole purpose of political action is to have a seat at the table when issues affecting our members wages, benefits and working conditions are at stake. We remain dedicated to those issues and equally dedicated to exert ourselves individually and collectively to participate in the political life locally which is why unions in the work place and the polling place are inseparable.

Regardless of personal politics our first priority and sworn obligation is and remains to protect and serve the public, an oath we all take seriously and remain committed to that cause every day.
The race to the Election Day continues with three upcoming mayoral debates. The first at the Jennings School on October 10 at 6 pm followed up on October 16 at the New London Public Library and the final debate October 29 at the New London Senior Center. We encourage a spirited exchange of ideas between the candidates on every issue important to New Londoners.

Find the time, get involved, make an informed choice on who you believe is best suited to lead New London for the next four years. Then on November 5th get out and VOTE! Your vote is your voice. Make sure your voice is heard and your vote counts.


 

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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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