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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
and Team 724's next move..
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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