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  • New Year message
    Posted On: Jan 11, 2013

    From Don Campbell

    President Unified Police Federation

    I had a recent question from a member on what is going on with pay equity here at UPD. No real news lately was mentioned.

    Equity has been an issue with the UPD Board since the end of 2012. This happened as the long waited for pay/benefits study was finally completed and reported to the Board toward the end of the year. It clearly showed UPD below market.

    This is what the Board had said they needed in order to start making decisions on what to do about pay/benefits/equity.

    Nothing was heard in December on this due to the holidays. But prior to this the Board was talking about how to resolve the inequity issue as well as pay and benefits.

    At that time the Board also formally recognized the Police Federation and Unified Civilian labor groups as voting members on the Boards Fiscal subcommittee. The subcommittee makes recommendations to the Board on all major fiscal issues. It also identified the Administration as having one vote on this committee. It will be interesting to see how that works in 2013. We sincerely appreciate this labor voice in this influential area.

    This subcommittee should be talking about the pay/benefits/equity issues in preparing a plan for the UPD Board. The sheriff traditionally prepares a financial plan to present to the Board in May. I have asked him about having discussions on pay/benefits/equity and he points to May as the appropriate time.

    My experience with this is the Sheriff in May telling Labor what he intends to present to the Board. My first year as President and shortly after assuming that role had the sheriff talking about a modest pay/cola proposal. The next day unfortunately had a flat proposal to the UPD Board instead. Before you think I am taking a stick to the Sheriff on this; please reflect on the last couple of years of the severe changes and limitations on government nationally. Has that impacted public employee compensation and have many areas of the country been severely impacted. Absolutely. Should things be back on track now for us? Absolutely. And we should all expect and call for it. But has labor really had discussion on this in the past?

    My belief is that the discussion of pay/benefits/equity will be getting worked on through the UPD Board process. We have to wait and see what happens in May.

    Officers have talked about a discussion by Chief Bertram at an east side roll call about some ideas of compensation coming from Administration. I have only heard this third hand and I am hesitant to comment on what it was or what was meant. I don’t know of any plan by the Administration so far.

    One area discussed was the idea of someone ~ paying for additional compensation by using the 6% contribution to retirement by UPD to employees. I have heard that is widely being discussed in Patrol. This was the money that was once required of UPD as their contribution to employees social security. As we opted out, it leaves that 6% as an option by UPD instead of a requirement.

    I have heard one Board member casually bring up the subject some time ago. It was not being formally addressed or pitched by anyone at that time. And as I recall, the Board member was suggesting a portion of the 6% contribution going into the increase.

    Now I worry about the idea of paying for an increase ~ with your money. It seems to me to be taking a dollar out of your pocket; and placing it back in another of your pockets and calling it an increase. But I also realize that officers might value a bump to pay now rather than getting it in retirement. It would also obligate that money rather than have it be an option that UPD could just do away with.

    I think that is something if it continues to come up to be considered thoughtfully. But I don’t know of any real action on this idea right now.

    Along with pay/benefits/equity we have been pushing for written agreement. That is now being discussed with the Board and there is movement on this. I believe many of the Board members are currently inclined to consider written agreement.

    And folks, written agreement is a game changer for UPD.

    We hope it will be considered by the Board soon. Our belief is that we can demonstrate the advantages of management and labor working together to their mutual advantage and agreement in a written contract process. Its just good business. 

    I am always reluctant to claim or predict victory  on anything UNTIL it happens. So lets see what happens here; I hope soon.

    So..discussion on written agreement, salary, benefits, and resolving equity has been and is moving. It is going on and should be kicked into gear here in January.

    On another subject, I hope you will all be active in the politics of our communities. Supporting candidates that reflect public employee support. Or BEING the candidates for positive change!

    I am including a list of municipal elections across our communities. If you or a great candidate are interested ~ we hope there will be good people who step up and get involved. Many of us in law enforcement stay away from politics.

    After all there were bad old days where police work was tainted by the corrupt politics of the past. Its why Merit and Civil Service systems were developed and safeguards placed to protect us from the corrupt influences and personal agendas of others. We have been asked or required to remain aloof from the politics of our government in the past.

    But we do need to be involved as citizens in the process and be ready to speak out in support of the hard-fought for job conditions of officers and public safety workers. We hope to present training and other support for officers in joining the political process.

    Town/City

    Offices

    Alta

    Town Mayor

    (2) At-Large Council

    Bluffdale

    City Mayor

    (2) At-Large Council

    CottonwoodHeights

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 3, 4

    Draper

    City Mayor

    (2) At-Large Council

    Herriman

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 2, 3

    Holladay

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 1, 3

    Midvale

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 4, 5

    Murray

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 2, 4

    Riverton

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 3, 4

    Salt Lake City

    Council Districts 1, 3, 5, 7

    Sandy

    City Mayor

    (1) At-Large Council

    Council Districts 1, 3

    South Jordan

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 3, 5

    South Salt Lake

    City Mayor

    (1) At-Large Council

    Council Districts 2, 3

    Taylorsville

    City Mayor

    Council Districts 4, 5

    West Jordan

    City Mayor

    (2) At-Large Council

    West Valley City

    City Mayor

    (1) At-Large Council

    Council Districts 2, 4

    Let me end this message with my sincere appreciation for your hard work and sacrifices in 2012. The Federation is pledging itself to work hard on your behalf in 2013.

    Take care,

    Respectfully

    Don  

    dccampbell@updsl.org


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