President’s Newsletter – July 2014

Dear Members:

Here’s an update on the contract and Sergeant’s Exam.

We have had a few meetings with the City on the contract and we remain optimistic we will reach an agreement on our wages for 2014 that is consistent with our long-standing goals. As negotiations progress, I will keep you informed of our progress.

For those of you who don’t know, the St. Paul Police Federation arbitrated the issue of wages for their contract period of 2013- 2015. St. Paul’s Arbitration Award for 2013-2015 is as follows: 2013 (1% April 1st and 0.5% on Oct. 1st), for 2014 (2% April 1st) and 2.75% on April 1st, 2015. The Arbitration’s complete ruling is posted on our website’s homepage.

Sergeant’s Exam
It remains a mystery as to why there are routinely so many problems with a process as critical and yet as fundamental as a civil service exam. The City should be able to do a better job. Hopefully whoever was responsible for the mistake(s) will be held accountable as we would be held accountable in doing our job. The Federation is committed to using our available avenues to improve the process and limit (if not eliminate) these problems. We have requested, and the City has agreed, to have an internal review regarding the final results of the test. Hopefully upon the completion of this, we will be assured the final calculations were all done correctly. We will keep you posted on future developments.

Finally, I just want to thank all of you for the outstanding work you continue to provide to everyone who lives in, works in and/or visits Minneapolis. Your efforts make a difference every shift of every day. Keep up the good work and be safe.

Lt. John Delmonico
President, POFM