What the Hell is This Crap?
Follow the leader? The Chicago Police Department's rank-and-file have been waiting to see if the city's $310,000-a-year top cop, Jody Weis, follows them in taking unpaid furlough days.
Sneed has the answer.
- Yep. Weis intends to take a pay cut for all 12 furlough days this year and . . . 24 in total, per the newly negotiated police contract.
• • Quoth Weis: "I believe in leading from the front. I would never ask those that I serve to do more than me."
• • Background: Weis, who's seen as an outsider because of his FBI background, has been unpopular with the rank and file. He suffered a symbolic blow in March when the Fraternal Order of Police issued a "no confidence" vote against him -- citing everything from low manpower and vehicle shortages to low morale. Nearly 200 officers in the 11,000-plus union voted.
• • Backshot: Weis, who has a contract, is not a union member -- and could have fought the furlough cut. But he chose not to. Bravo.
There ya go.
We have a hard time deciding if Sneed is being played by Jackie Heard to manipulate public opinion further against the police or if she's just that damn stupid.
We also know that should the FOP even try to come to the membership with an "unpaid" furlough day proposal, the membership would (rightfully) dissolve the FOP by the close of business that day.
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