Tulsa FOP Members,
There is a Superbowl party this Sunday at the Lodge beginning at 1700 hours! Come out and have some food and drinks and cheer on your favorite team. If you don’t have a favorite team or aren’t a football fan, come out to the Lodge anyway and have a good time with your brothers and sisters.
Holiday Overtime Arbitration Award
Brother Secrist has been working very hard to ensure everyone owed money from the holiday overtime grievance is being made whole. If you haven’t reviewed the spreadsheet he sent out by email, please do so ASAP. If you worked any overtime on a holiday other than your regular shift since Jan. 1, 2011, and the time is not on the spreadsheet, we need to know so we can make sure you are properly compensated. Send Brother Secrist (firstname.lastname@example.org) the date and hours you worked and whether you were on your RDO, worked additional hours on your work day, or if you were forced off due to your non-patrol assignment and then worked overtime. Your FOP worked for the last two years to make this right and we don’t want to miss anyone. The City should be paying correctly from here out but watch your pay stubs and keep your overtime slips, especially on holidays.
City of Tulsa 2013 Elections
There have been many questions from members about the upcoming political races, especially the mayoral race. It is very early in the process and we are evaluating what our strategy will be such as endorsements and public statements. Rest assured that your FOP leadership will proceed very carefully and make informed decisions about our political involvement and positions. We are not prepared to endorse or support any candidates at this time but we will keep you informed.
There are a few bills that have been proposed at the legislature that affect public safety and labor issues. Some change the way we bargain, some do away with binding arbitration, and there is one proposing that our pension be a 25-year minimum retirement instead of a 20-year. There is a bill from Sen. Crain (Tulsa) proposing that an officer disciplined for excessive use of force cannot appeal the discipline to an arbitrator. There is one proposing that it would be illegal for a municipality to deduct union dues from employees’ paychecks. I am on the Oklahoma FOP Legislative Sub-Committee and will watch the bills closely and keep you updated. Our state FOP leaders including President Bartmier and the state lobbyist, Robert Stem, are working diligently with the legislators to educate them and help them understand our issues from our perspective.
Please remember to send any and all negotiations ideas to the contract team through tulsafop93.org. It is almost time to started negotiating for the 2013-2014 contract and the team needs your input. Go to the website and click on “negotiations” on the left side of the page then send your thoughts. Those go directly to Brother Downs and the team.
Hireback List for Special Events
You should be seeing a hireback list on the intranet soon for special events. It will work like the hireback list for extra patrol shifts. We believe this is a more fair and equatable way for the Department to utilize the overtime available for such events. We’ll let you know when that is online and I’m certain the Department will as well.
Sergeant Promotional Process
I had a conversation with Brother Marty Drobinko, the testing coordinator for the City, and he assured me that there will be a sergeant promotional process in April 2013. Keep an eye out for information on that process and timeline.
Mayor/City Council Retreat
Brother Secrist and I attended the Mayor’s retreat with the City Council last Saturday. It was open to the public and we knew public safety items were on the agenda. The councilors stated their top two priorities for public safety for the coming year. They were: having a police academy class and revamping the Records Management System (RMS). Several of the councilors including Councilors Gilbert and Bynum stressed the importance of adding more officers to the Department and reducing crime. Councilor Cue stated several times during the meeting that she wanted to focus on reducing crime in the 61st and Peoria area and creating a task force or work group dedicated to that goal.
Lodge Meeting Attendance
Attendance at our regular meetings has been low lately. I want to stress the importance of coming to the meetings and getting the most up to date information as quickly as possible. If you are working during that time, please ensure your shift has a designated shift representative who attends and reports back to the shift. Our contract allows for an officer from each shift to attend on-duty for that purpose. We are posting the meeting minutes at tulsafop93.org but only after they have been approved at the next regular meeting by the floor so they are always a couple of weeks behind. There is always good food, fellowship, refreshments, and information so please come out on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 1900 hours.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime with questions, concerns, or complaints about your FOP. I want to hear from you help however I can!