We got the attention of the commissioners and the command staff during our “ticket furlough.” The command staff made pie in the sky promises, even went as far as to dangle a take home car program in front of us, if we would go back to writing tickets.
They disguised our new guns as a reward for ending the ticket furlough. Those guns were already in the works. The timing just happened to be in favor of the command staff. We got new uniforms…thanks for nothing.
Chief O’Brien went on a very sincere tour of all the precincts and roll calls trying to get us on board, hoping that a truce with the commissioners would end in our favor.
The commissioners made threats that if we didn’t end the ticket furlough, they would have to slash our benefits and make cuts. The played us for fools!
Even though we ended the ticket furlough, the commissioners followed through with their threats anyway. For ending the ticket furlough, what did we receive in return? 5 precinct reduction in promotional pay, increase in pension contribution of 66 percent, increase in health insurance premiums, reduction in vacation time, reduction of vacation roll over to sick time, thus increasing the years of service before retirement. And now they reduced 10-hour employees (us) holiday time. We now are only paid 8 of the 10 hours. We will be forced to take vacation or comp time to make the difference.
Bottom line, overall reduction in pay.
Enough is enough! Again, the commissioners place the burden of their failed budget policy's on the backs of the police.
What more can they do to us that they haven’t done already? Some scream unionization or strike. That will never work. Georgia is a right work state, so a union is toothless and pointless. Strike? We only put the public and each other in danger, plus there’s not enough organization. Besides, the only thing we produce is revenue through the form of traffic citations. We don’t produce a “product” like a company does.
Time to hit them where it hurts! Let them share in our misery. The only way we can fight back is through a ticket strike. They heard us loud and clear last time, time for them to hear from us again.
Call it what it is, a ticket strike....and now!