FIrst Responder Appreciation Day
The Valley of the Sun YMCA is offering a special promotion for first responders from December 6-9 by waiving their joining fees.
There are 15 locations covering the four corners of the Valley which offer much more than exercise and workout facilities.
CLICK HERE for an informational flyer.
PLEA extends a special thanks to Maryvale Precinct Commander Mike Kurtenbach for forwarding this offer.
Goldwater Lawsuit Update
On November 25th and 26th, 2013, a trial was held in Superior Court regarding the Goldwater Institute's ongoing lawsuit against, PLEA, the City of Phoenix and four interveners represented by Judicial Watch out of Washington DC.This lawsuit has been going on for well over a year. Earlier hearings resulted in Judge Katherine Cooper granting a preliminary injunction requested by Goldwater against PLEA and the City impacting the full time release provisions of the current MOU.
This has had a devastating impact PLEA's ability to provide effective representation to its membership. Over two days, testimony was given in the matter by PLEA President Joe Clure, PLEA Treasurer/Chief Negotiator Will Buividas, PLEA Vice President/Grievance Chair Ken Crane, Asst. Police Chief Joe Yahner and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. Judge Cooper has given all parties till December 13, 2013 to have any final proposed conclusions of law and statements of fact submitted to the court. Judge Cooper told the involved parties her intent is to have a final decision released prior to January 1, 2014.
PLEA will keep the membership posted as new developments emerge.
Shop With a Cop is December 17th
The third annual Shop with a Cop event will take place on December 17, 2013 at the Target store located in the Phoenix Spectrum Mall at 5719 North 19th Avenue. Once again, Phoenix Police Officers and PLEA members will donate their time and money towards an event that makes a difference in the lives of Phoenix youths.
This event would not be able to go on without donations from Target, Phoenix Police chiefs and commanders, and members of the public. PLEA Charities has consistently donated to this event every year and 100% of all donations made to PLEA Charities go directly towards assisting those in need.
CLICK HERE to learn more about this year's Shop with a Cop event.
CLICK HERE to learn more about PLEA Charities.
Pension Update 110113
The following information has been provided by PLEA Treasurer/Chief Negotiator Will Buividas, who is also an elected member of the City of Phoenix Pension Board. Keep in mind that this will be a drawn out process and people should not make any rash decisions based on emotions or speculation.
On October 31st, the City Council voted 5-4 to move forward with the sub-committee's recommendations to, in their minds, end pension spiking. So where does this leave us?
On Tuesday October 29th, 2013 PLEA and PPSLA met with Chief Garcia reference a few issues, including productivity / quotas. The Chief relayed to us that he has reconsidered having a set number or a set average he expects officers to achieve every month. Over the past couple of months, the word “quotas” has been thrown around the Department and hopefully this will clear up any confusion. It appears that Chief Garcia realizes that every precinct, shift, and squad area have different issues that can affect one’s "stats". Let’s be clear that PLEA doesn't support any quotas and would like to thank the Chief for being considerate to our concerns. PLEA does support officers doing police work in Patrol and quite frankly, in all areas of the Department. We can't and won't justify Officers doing nothing. The taxpayers (who are our ultimate bosses) expect their police officers to be proactive and "hunt" bad guys. The Chief had a good quote which was, "good police work is contagious". PLEA would like to encourage everyone to continue to engage in good police work and continue to serve the citizens as you always have. It is important to maintain the high level of citizen satisfaction that we have, while we go through this difficult time, with all the political issues reference our pay and pensions. If any supervisors are pressuring you to achieve specific numbers, please let us know so that we can address them. If not, go out there and have fun!
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