"The public blames us, and to a certain extent that’s reasonable," said Eudaly last week. "But our power has been bargained away."
And then the intrepid Mercury reporter asked eudaly if she supports municipal employee unions and the collective bargaining process...No? Why not?
This issue goes to how the arbitration clause in the police union contract is renegotiated on renewal.
Perhaps the Merc could write feature(s) on the history of Portland police arbitration decisions.
Unions are a good counterbalance to management interests. Should they expend all their credibility to excuse responsibility for egregious behavior by a tiny number of individual members?
Gotta love this country - government sanctioned, taxpayer funded murderers get paid big money while black people are harassed and murdered by these motherfuckers. Fuck Portland for paying out this racist POS.
PDX Changing is right. The Mercury ought to investigate and report on how arbitration works for the police. Should be easy to do. Total up the number of times the Police Bureau has disciplined officers in, say, the last five years, and then figure out how many times the discipline was overturned in arbitration. That should tell us if the story we're hearing -- that the Police Bureau can't discipline cops because its decisions are always overturned in arbitration -- is a real one.
"Unions are a good counterbalance to management interests. Should they expend all their credibility to excuse responsibility for egregious behavior by a tiny number of individual members?"
That's a membership decision, no one else's.
Wow what a way to be punished? They are even clearing his record to the point there will be no mention of him being fired. Did they kiss his forehead too?
I say bust the union. Most of the working class private company unions have been broken. And wages have stagnated, resulting in the improved bottom lines of private companies. The government allowed them to be broken! So why do government employees get to be unionized and paid so much more than non-government employees whose unions have been broken? Hell those power hungry cops will still work. They crave the power more than the money.
If it only costs 100 grand to get rid of a racist cop can we do Kruger next?
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