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Dear PoPville – DC is “not adequately paying the police force for their hard work and sacrifice”

by Prince Of Petworth February 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm 43 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

The city is not adequately paying the police force for their hard work and sacrifice. This means the city will be unable to attract and retain highly qualified officers. Please read
A Message From Chairman Elect-Delroy Burton To D.C. Police Officers Regarding The Contract Arbitration Process:

“On Monday, D.C. police officers received two pieces of bad news. The first was a loss in our contract arbitration. The second was the disclosure of how Mayor Vincent Gray, his administration, and Chief Cathy Lanier view and value the work that we do as D.C. police officers.

For the past year those of us involved in the contract negotiation process have warned that when the District’s position was finally revealed, it would be hard to accept. Now you know why D.C. Police Union leadership has been so appalled with Mayor Gray and Chief Lanier. Both misled the public and police officers about their positions and offers during the negotiation process. Mayor Gray’s and Chief Lanier’s offer on compensation is indefensible – at no point during the negotiation process did the District ever offer any raise in compensation for 2008 to 2012, while over the same time period, Chief Lanier had her compensation increased by 45%. But it is the argument that they have made as to why D.C. police officers do not deserve a raise that is the most disheartening.

Mayor Gray’s and Chief Lanier’s position is two-fold. First, they have taken the position that the job done by D.C. police officers is no more dangerous, complex, or difficult than police work in surrounding suburbs and small communities. Second, they argue there is no reason we should even be paid as much as officers in those jurisdictions; instead, they believe we should only be paid enough so that we are in the middle of the pack when it comes to compensation. In short, we are interchangeable with police officers everywhere in the surrounding jurisdictions and we do not deserve to be paid in the top half of those jurisdictions.”

You can read the full message here.

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