Sunday, March 08, 2009
TIPS AND SNIPPETS
BY William E. Cleary Sr.
A source told me recently that Mayor and Council have requested all departments to put together a list of names of three people with the less seniority. The list is being formulated in case it is necessary to make cutbacks in the City's workforce because of the lack of money. According to my source department heads have passed the request down to the individual union leaders for the fire, police, highway, and water employees.
Officer William Johnson Jr. , president of PBA Local 40 was asked to clear up some of the rumors surrounding the grievances filed by the union.
"We have filed over 13 grievances in the past year and a half. These grievances were filed in response to changes in working conditions that was made by the Chief (Crothers) without negotiating with the PBA prior to implementing the changes. We have also filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against the City. We had to file against the City because they are our employer, even though the Police Administration is violating our rights. As you know, Police Officers cannot strike to guarantee that their rights are not violated.