Granted, it's anonymous on a public blog, but he makes a good point:
- If I may indulge the readers of SCC please excuse any ramblings here as I have not made it to bed yet from last night. I am a retired Sgt and we knew this was coming from the PAPB. Several retired Sgts informed the PAPB not to negotiate away any of our pension benefits. But it fell on deaf ears.
Weeks ago I contacted an attorney who specializes in labor issues. Normally the courts will not intervene until a party has become harmed. The firm we plan on using wants to first send a letter to the PABB asking them to Cease and Desist any actions that would harm any retired Sgt. or any active duty Sgt currently employed. We believe that the Executive Board of the PAPB will ignore the retirees and will allow all active duty Sgts. to vote on this proposal. If the PAPB membership votes in the affirmative on this then we will ask the court for a Restraining Order in that this proposal in itself is in violation of the State Constitution and the PAPB has no standing to negotiate away our rights. Upon any Act of Furtherance at this point by the PAPB we will be forced to sue the PAPB. Since the PAPB has almost no assets, after the embezzlement of the former President of the PAPB, the members of the board and any area or unit representative that voted in the affirmative would have to be a litigants otherwise there would be no chance of recouping our costs.
I spent last night on the phone with retirees from the Fort Meyers/Naples, Mountain Home, Las Vegas, and Phoenix areas. We have retired Sgts. from all of those areas that want to be part of this process. What we are trying to do is to quickly compile a list of as many names as possible of retired Sgts. for the letter to the PAPB.
Should the active members of the PAPB vote in the affirmative on this then we will ask all police retirees, regardless of rank, to join as plaintiffs. We will try to have our own informational web site up by Sunday and will run an informational meeting at Lone Tree Manor 7730 N. Milwaukee Ave where the Northside Retiree breakfast is held. We will ask every retired Sgt for one hundred dollars. Should the PABA continue we will have a much larger meeting than the FOP hall could hold and will use something like the Plumber’s Hall or Teamster City and ask every retiree, regardless of rank, to join us.
This whole process is completely unnecessary. Getting in bed with city first makes the PAPB look like a cheap whore.
The FOP has always made a point that they don't represent the retirees. That's why retirees don't get to vote on the labor contracts and retirees aren't part of the bargaining committee. Pensions and such are regulated by State Law, not the Fraternal Order.
So how does the PBPA get this deeply involved in retiree business, to the point that they will go down to Springfield with the mayor and support bills introduced by the City that directly affect retirees and run counter to the Illinois Constitution?
This is the biggest issue. The mayor will use this as a wedge, in contract meetings, at arbitration hearings, in the press, etc. The PBPA will be painted as the bad guys as is already happening in our comment sections yesterday - we've seldom seen the amount of vitriol and degradation in such a short time frame that yesterday's "FOP Not Happy" post generated.
And the sergeants haven't even gotten a ballot yet to vote on this proposal - it's not a done deal yet.