I am writing in response to your June 20 editorial “Union must ease its stance.” Over the past few weeks, I’ve become bored with your opinions. You are confused with whom to blame for the city’s budget crisis.
You target the Police Department. Their union negotiated a pay increase with the City Council over a four-year period in 2007. The council now wants the police union to sacrifice what police officers, by contract, are entitled to at the tail end of a four-year agreement. The council, in a desperate attempt to hastily remedy an exhausted budget, expects the Police Department to give up some of their wage increase. The City Council mistakenly thinks the police union is going surrender to their demands.
This isn’t how the Police Department protects our city, nor is it going to happen with the police union.
Police officers work 12-hour shifts. They are highly trained, highly skilled and highly committed. They face danger daily. Hourly they triage and troubleshoot. No two minutes are alike. They could lose their lives in a second. It is shameful the council wants more from them.