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Political Director Chuck Flynn will posting vital info to the campaign
and Team 724's next move..
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 an equitable
voluntary payments to the city, surcharge each passenger and vehicle leaving
and entering New London via Cross Sound and Fishers Island ferry or install
an electronic tolls on Ferry Street and lower State Street for each vehicle
using ferry access, sell off surplus city buildings and properties.
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
The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) was created from a federal
court decree over 40 years ago to foster better police community relations
and when it comes to civilian complaints against police, a duty to "review
the he complaint and the investigation of such complaint by the police
department, including its findings of fact …and shall, after review
of the complaint, investigation and findings, conclude that such investigation
is [timely], adequate or inadequate"
We wanted to share some of the nonsense we deal with from our local progressive
PCRC member who is always triggered, believes victimhood can be empowering
and feelings are the same as facts. A motorist complaint alleging he was
stopped due to race was investigated concluding not one fact nor circumstance
supported any aspects of the complaint filed and classified the complaint
The investigative report was then presented to the PCRC on May 1st where
all members in attendance concurred with the finding except for the sole
PCRC social class warrior who rejected the investigative findings and
inserted her own anti police biased conclusion in search of facts claiming
it would be fair to assume that the officer assumed the male was black
because it was dark out and it would also be fair that the complainant
would believe he was racially profiled based on systemic racism that he
has probably been subjected to his whole life. Thus she became the sole
vote deemed an inadequate investigation. Need we say more.
the subject of you just can't make this New London stuff up, members of
the police department were on alert a few weeks back looking out for those
unmarked tow trucks owned by the repo man from taking our newest police
cars delivered in November from vendor MHQ of Middletown. Apparently the
city Finance Director ignored the many requests for payment from MHQ before
ordering the cars be repossessed. After a tense week of avoiding the repo
man the city finally authorized payments.
up on our May update, Councilor Anthony Nolan came forward stating he
recently gave back $13,000 in campaign contributions from supporters backing
his potential run for mayor. Nolan explained he needs several more years
to be retirement eligible before running for mayor giving Mike Passero's
re-election campaign an unexpected shot in the arm.
The police department's dark cloud of nebulas negativity continues to
hover with the usual overworked, understaffed and underfunded, where everything
is broken, dirty or obsolete. In the last 8 years our operating budget
nose dived from around $12 million to $7.9 million and nobody seems to
care - as long as their 911 call is answered. City Councilors all are
quick to proclaim "they support the police" - but time and again
vote against police funding requests. Councilor Nolan you work for this
agency why are you silent on these conditions? Remember it's election
time, City Councilors control the money and should be held accountable
for the almost third world conditions here in New London.
update on the police union K9 fundraising campaign that began last fall.
We are proud to announce we reached our goal of $18,000 allowing the purchase
of four police dogs for the City. Two K9's, Iris and Jesse have been in
service since early this year. Our third and newest member is a ten month
old Czechoslovakian shepherd puppy recently named Whaler who is not quite
ready for formal training. A fourth dog is set for sometime during the
new fiscal year beginning July 1. Our members wish to thank each and every
donor large and small who made it possible to reinstate the NLPD K9 unit.
Continuing with our thanks, we take a moment to shout out to Councilor
John Satti who has been a consistent voice behind the scenes to rally
efforts for more police. He understands public safety issues and realizes
any improvements to the quality of city life and future New London development
requires additional police resources.
congratulations to Sal Luciano Executive Director of AFSCME Council 4
retired after 38 years of AFSCME leadership. A former social worker with
the state of Connecticut's Department of Children and Youth Services,
he became a steward for AFSCME Local 2663 in 1980. Elected president of
Local 2663 in 1989 and of Council 4 in 1999. Vice President of the United
Labor Agency (AFL-CIO) and Executive Vice President of the Connecticut
AFL-CIO. Board member of the state of Connecticut Retirement Commission.
Elected International Vice President in 2002.
Sal was a warrior at the tip of the spear for the middleclass ensuring
union members wages, benefits and working conditions were fair and equitable.
He was respected not only in Hartford but Washington DC for his tireless
efforts on behalf of working men and women throughout Connecticut. He
leaves behind big shoes to fill. We thank him for his tireless service
and wish him well in retirement
Legislature wrapped up another session with a budget in place. One of
the biggest issues this session was the Republican cry to control state
spending by curbing collective bargaining by public employees with proposals
after the 2027 state contracts expire. They don't intend to negotiate
they insist to legislate and summarily eliminate these collective bargaining
The Republican plans call for: ending collective bargaining for retirement
benefits, for leaving all of these matters to be resolved solely by the
legislature, removing overtime from pension calculations and suspending
cost-of-living adjustments to pensions for retirees who became vested
after mid-2027 until the system holds enough assets to cover 80 percent
of pension obligations (like they will ever let that happen!). While not
successful this time they only need net gain of five seats to have a 76-75
The State Employee Retirement System (SRS) funded ratio currently stands
at less than 40 percent, economists claim an 80% ratio is ideal. Wisconsin
has the best state pension ratio in the country at 61% funded. New London
employees participate in a separate state pension program known as the
CT Municipal Employee Retirement System (C-MERS) with a funded ratio of
87%. New London has no future employee pension liabilities expenses other
than yearly contributions for active employed C-MERS participants.
police officers are center/right with their political views and registered
Republican or Independent voters. The Democrats have always protected
unions and public workers and still do to this day. But the hijacking
of the Democratic National Party over the last 20 years over by the polarizing
far left progressives/socialist views as the new normal has turned many
blue collar workers sour on the party and what it now stands for. When
state Republicans offer only draconian proposals that vilify and punish
public-sector workers for problems they did not create it leaves us with
few good options.
The Connecticut Republican nominating convention held at Foxwoods endorsed
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton for his third attempt as their gubernatorial
candidate along with Southington State Senator Joe Markley for Lt. Governor.
Boughton a former social studies teacher before becoming an eight term
mayor in a Democrat city has focused his issues on remaking state government
and eliminating the state income tax as Connecticut's road back to prosperity.
Joe Markley has declared Connecticut is worth fighting for and known as
Dan Malloy's most outspoken critic and advocates for real cuts in runaway
spending. Markley was also co-founder of the Connecticut Taxpayers Committee
helped organize the massive Ave the Tax rally that drew 65,000 citizens
to the state capitol in 1991 opposing Governor Lowell Weicker's proposed
state income tax .
Over $8 billion or 50% of state revenue is from the current income tax.
Boughton's idea of a strong Connecticut economy by big spending cuts (less
state employees and services) and eliminating the income tax seems incomprehensible.
Conventional wisdom suggests this ticket is not strong enough to beat
It seems fair to say former CT Democrat governors Ella Grasso and Bill
O'Neil wouldn't recognize today's State Democratic Party. Current leaders
having abandoned the Bill Clinton centrist Democrat position veering hard
left progressive endorsing Ned Lamont with many prominent elected state
leaders supporting him including an organized labor straw poll.
strong point is he supports collective bargaining and the legal right
of state employees to negotiate healthcare and pension benefits, opposes
right to work legislation and opposes any efforts eliminating or reducing
the effectiveness of binding arbitration. He balanced his ticket with
fellow progressive Susan Byciewicz for Lt Governor with a best chance
effort for Democrats to not only win but point the party towards the Bernie
Sanders far left position of governing the state. There may be some primary
challengers in August but this ticket should remain intact.
A large voting block of most public employees and their families fearful
of state Republican anti-union anti-labor issues will likely pinch their
noses on the far left ideology and vote with their pocketbook and livelihood
by supporting Ned Lamont, thus enduring another four years of snowflake
social justice warrior censured political correctness and the need for
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.
724 helps East Lyme fight the cause
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Political Director C Flynn
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