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

JUNE UPDATE


Summer finally arrives after a wet cold winter. We take a moment to remind our readers that May was National Police Week, a solemn occasion to honor our police officers who have fallen in the line of duty and the remaining police family survivors Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786, more than 21,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
In 2018 there were 163 law enforcement officer line of duty related deaths. 152 were male, 11 female, average age 42, average tour of duty was 13 years 2 months. Since January 1, 2019 45 police officers have died in the line of duty. We Respect Honor and Remember their sacrifice.

Our current department service pistols are coming up on 10 years old. Rather than refurbish them Chief Reichard is moving forward with a plan to replace the current 40 caliber pistol with the 9mm. Although maligned in the past due to its inability to reliably deliver incapacitating force, recent technological developments in bullet and propellant design have moved the round back to the forefront for many LE departments. With its lower costs, lighter recoil, longevity, reliability, increased magazine capacity, better ammo choices with more capable on-target performance and lower cost makes the 9mm the right choice at the right time.

We remain very busy this past month with calls for services. Our detectives and School Resource Officer have shouldered the brunt of the ongoing Board of Education investigation. Their patient and methodical approach to each allegation has been a fair and judicious search for the truth.
The addition of two experienced lateral police officers has been a big help to the Patrol Division with their knowledge and efficiency. We should have two newly graduated rookies on the street just prior to Sailfest and a third rookie graduates later in summer.

With the ongoing mess being exposed and investigated at the BOE has also begun to expose the wasteful spending creating jobs for friends and family with little regard to backgrounds or qualifications. No matter how much money BOE gets its never enough, always asking for and getting whatever it wants. While the police department does its best with its meager budget always sacrificing manpower and equipment to stay in the black it makes us all work unnecessarily harder.
Despite the circus unfolding daily at the BOE they have the nerve to ask for another $1 million on top of what it already requested for FY19-20. More puzzling is why Councilor Marty Olsen is leading the efforts supporting their latest demands for more money without any concerns or inquiry to recent events at BOE.
Of course the shake down for money comes with their perpetual lie "it's for the students" means either higher taxes or less money for police and fire budgets. With all the flagrant misbehavior, hiring of yet to be determined number of felons and demonstrated little regard for the well being of the kids under their charge by the BOE. We sent letters to councilors asking they let our public safety budgets remain intact. On May 28 Council voted to approve our original budget. THANK YOU for your support.

While our state elected officials stumble over themselves under the gold dome in Hartford our local problems remain, especially the lack of funding for the many social service demands placed upon our city. Those demands on our city services exacerbated by the steady stream of not only out of town but out of state homeless arriving daily in New London - many with mental health and/or substance abuse problems.
Other communities solve their homeless problems with the price of a one way bus ticket or surrounding area police car ride to New London. Now it's our problem to deal with absent any financial help from Hartford or area SECT towns.

In the interest of public service we join Sherman and Mr. Peabody in the Way Back Machine to our June 2018 Update repeating our previous local revenue suggestions hoping that maybe just one idea may incubate into reality.
"New London is perpetually broke and needs to find its own way to sustainability. If the state won't make the current PILOT program fair and equitable to municipalities than revoke tax exempt status altogether or allow municipalities authority to impose a yearly surcharge on grand list value to these organizations for municipal services.
We offer our own funding ideas to the mix: impose false police/fire alarm fines, bed tax on colleges and hospitals if they won't make equitable voluntary payments to the city, impose embarkation/debarkation surcharge on each passenger and vehicle leaving and entering New London via Cross Sound and Fishers Island ferry or install a city electronic toll gantry on Ferry Street and lower State Street for each vehicle using ferry access, sell off surplus city buildings and properties.
New London is chock full of homeless and transients, many with mental health and substance abuse problems from all over New London County placing a huge demand on city emergency services. With that in mind think regionally- perhaps all the NL county towns or certainly the towns from Old Lyme to Stonington should give one quarter of one percent of their annual adopted budgets to the City to offset emergency services costs which could generate an estimated $1.5-2 million annually.
While our neighboring towns will scream foul, our police officers know firsthand from prior contacts with the homeless many were provided rides or bus fare to New London from their respective social services agencies efficiently eliminating their problem by making it ours."


Connecticut is the land of steady habits- change is hard and slow. Not much was accomplished this legislative session except raising some existing taxes while creating new taxes. Governor Lamont seems to stumble over every initiative he puts forward despite having a super majority House and simple Senate on his side. Seemingly big on talk yet small on details resulting in few significant accomplishments. He is putting all his chips on his last big hand to create highway tolls despite heavy push back from residents.

A good argument can be made that all highway users should pay for its upkeep and roadway improvements through tolls. However the potential of $800 million to $1 billion a year in new revenues to a legislature hooked on spending like a crack addict makes one skeptical that anything will change in Connecticut except higher taxes and bigger debts. If there anyone living in this state that truly believes Connecticut is actually serious about real infrastructure improvements please let us know we have a bridge to sell you.

Recall in 1990 Connecticut faced similar financial hardships with $2.4 billion in deficits. Governor Lowell Weicker implemented the state income tax. Certainly unpopular then and now but in his one term managed to not only solve the deficit issues but created a state surplus. Weicker said many years later, "the succeeding legislatures and governors could have repealed the income tax - instead they spent it".
If we don’t learn from history we are destined to repeat it.


 

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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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