Police assured no lay-offsWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (TPPA) and the City of Toledo have reached an agreement May 17 that removes the exigent circumstances imposed in March and replaces them with less severe cuts.
“There is a lot of division [within membership]. People who still want to continue to fight or others who want to put this behind us,” said Dan Wagner, president of TPPA. “The majority of membership wanted to put this behind us.”
The new deal accounts for $2.5million in concessions, the same amount originally imposed by the exigent circumstances, said Shirley Green, safety director for the city.
The new deal requires the city to continue paying for all the employee pension premiums starting May 27, calls for deferred payment of overtime between June 1 and March 2011 and ends complaints with the State Employee Relations Board (SERB) and current court cases.
The agreement also prohibits lay-offs of TPPA members before April 2, 2011.
“[With the deal] we don’t have to worry cutting back on police services… Our officers will be able to maintain and answer calls and will allow us to function the way we are now,” Green said.
The negotiation was mediated by SERB, so if any violations occur it has the authority to oversee problems, Wagner said.
The total vote for and against the agreement has not been released to TPPA membership, but the results were pretty clear, Wagner said. A total of 417 of the 459 TPPA members voted on the agreement.
The TPPA faces three-year contract renewals in November 2011, but Wagner hopes by that time more concessions won’t be needed.
“We hope to move forward and mend the relationship with this administration that went a little sour and hopefully the economy will get a little better so we won’t be in a situation where we’ll have to return to concessions,” he said.