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Detroit Cops Face 10% Pay Cut

July 16, 2012  | 

Detroit Police officers face a 10% wage cut and increased medical expenses under a city proposal offered today that would supplant the department's existing union contract.

The City Council today discussed the plan that would save the city $102 million and apply to all city workers.

Joe Duncan, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, told the Detroit News the city "should be investing, and not dismantling, its core and most essential service — its police department."

In addition to the pay reduction, the new contract eliminate dental and vision coverage for retirees, and increases co-pays on insurance. The contribution from employees on prescription drugs also increases.

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TimFromLA @ 7/16/2012 7:02 PM

See what happens when you vote Republican?

PD @ 7/16/2012 7:14 PM

See what happens when you vote for a democrat president. Detroits economy downfall is just like the rest of the country. Obama has tanked this country in the first 2 years in office. Think about that when you go to vote. To my fellow brothers in blue, keep your heads up and keep doing your job the right way. We still have a job to do that most people cant do and dont understand what we go through on a daily basis.

JD @ 7/16/2012 7:16 PM

The City of Detroit is run by democrats. I'm sure a republican hasn't been elected in many years.

Tom Ret @ 7/16/2012 7:29 PM

Tom From LA-The liberals have done a pretty good job of putting Calif in the red. Obama wants to increase jobs in the public sector at a time when cities and counties are going bankrupt and can't afford to maintain the employees they have now. If he gets his way, the situation will get worse as the country borrows itself into insolvency.

1097cop California @ 7/16/2012 8:16 PM

It's the tip of the iceburg my brothers! Politicians of both parties are fiscally irresponsible. Decades of political pandering to unions in exchange for votes has come to a head. Sadly public safety seems to be the whipping post. In CA, there is no will to belly-up and solve the problem. When it plays out, we'll probably look back and lament that we didn't settle for a 10% decrease!

[email protected] @ 7/16/2012 8:48 PM

I'm sorry but you guys from kalifornia really shouldn't be giving advice on financial matters, considering that your democrat run state is so far in the red. And timfromla, once again your insipid remarks scream"obuma sex slave". The last 15-yes 15-mayors of Detroit were dems. Just like a cesspool the turds float to the top. DPD, keep safe!

Retired @ 7/17/2012 4:17 AM

TimFromLA...It is too bad the others don't understand your comment. The last Republican mayor in Detroit was Louis Miriani and it is his fault the city is having all of these problems today. It is hard to clean up the Republican messes out there. Oh, by the way, he served as mayor in Detroit from 1957 until 1962. That was 50 years ago (just in case your math skills are as strong as your history skills).

Michael Bray @ 7/17/2012 4:58 AM

Well, when money gets tight, public safety is usually about the first place municipalities start cutting. Liewise, within the public safety cuts, training budgets are usually the first to suffer. Go figure.

Phil @ 7/17/2012 5:02 AM

Guys, when we are negotiating above all else we must be reasonable and seek bennefits that are deserved and sustainable. In Oklahoma our pension system is 93% funded at present, we are good stewards with our money because we know that we have retiree's as well as future retiree's depending on our fiscal decisions. If we ask for something unreasonable or not sustainable then the citizens see us as the shmucks the municipal league usually tries to tell them that we are.

Dan B @ 7/17/2012 6:30 AM

You don't even need to put a national spin on things like this. Elected City leaders are historically, poor stewards of revenue. They have too many "pork-barrel" projects. If common sense could prevail over the politics at all levels, we would be much better off. But alas, This may be but a pipe dream.

Reality @ 7/17/2012 7:28 AM

Have any of you driven through the City of Detroit recently? You need too. If you don't feel threatened as you drive by the abandoned burnt out dope dens, gangs walking the streets looking to car jack you, or the thousands left homeless and helpless then you are destined to become a murder statistic. The City of Detroit is hopelessly beyond repair. Businesses are closing daily, there is a continuous migration of residents to the suburbs seeking safety and a peaceful life, and meanwhile city government keeps saying we are making a comeback! God bless DPD and the sinking ship that they are on. Those Men and Women are doing their job regardless of the fact that they are being taken advantage of by city leaders. Government leaders have raped the city of money for decades and now it is too late. Their greed has genetically reproduced generation after generation and now they cry for help when their city has become hell on earth.

Robert @ 7/17/2012 8:28 AM

I am a Deputy Sheriff in Florida. I work for a Sheriff that was able to negoiate a raise for us this year. We have been lucky and fortunate to have a good Sheriff. On the downside our governor, a Republican, is doing everthing he can to do away with our state retirement. I feel for the Detroit Police Department and wish for them to be safe.

Bob @ 7/17/2012 11:14 AM

This is what happens when you run out of other people's money. The public sector doesn't generate revenue, it consumes it. All the unions and lawyers in the universe can't get blood from a rock. When the people who actually create revenue get fed up being put through the juicer, they leave. You run out of other people's money.

The real solution here is to dramatically cut "entitlements". Since few politicians have the guts to try that, police, fire, and rescue personnel take the hit. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or CAIR won't march for police pay and benefits, only for those who drain societies limited resources without producing anything useful.

In the end, you get what you elect, either in union bosses or politicians. If you don't like the result, kick both sets of bums out.

Steve @ 7/17/2012 11:32 AM

In order for a Nation to fall it must colapse by means of Economic Failure. When Obama and Kissinger got together and wanting One World Order they formulated the down fall of America by economic colapse. Now we have a chance to fix both these non Americans by booting Obama out of Office and make him use Uhaul or Penske to get moved.

DJ @ 7/17/2012 11:52 AM


bob @ 7/17/2012 4:08 PM

Both Parties are ass ramming USa! When America wakes up maybe something can happen!
Maybe we could start by putting the Bankers and congress in jail, That would be a good start!!!

DCFedCop @ 7/18/2012 7:00 AM

Hey, TomfromLA, thanks to Obama, federal employees haven't received any pay increases since he's been in office (three years), not even cost of living, Also my officers just had their pay cut by 20%. That's right 20%, it's not a typo. We didn't "face a cut", they came in and said it's cut, deal with it.

Bill Evans @ 7/18/2012 8:38 AM

Only a couple of mentions of those most hurt by this type of cutting. The citizens of any city, county, state or nation. In this particular case the good citizens of Detroit who have not fled or cannot flee somewhere else but remain behind to survive. If the politicians are unable and seeminly unwilling to make free enterprise work by helping create jobs that create profit that allow taxes to be paid, the army may become the agent of control. That thin blue line stands not just between criminals and those they prey upon but between a society that no one wants and one that the United States has always stood for-free. Good luck to the Detroit PD and the citizens they serve.

B.L. @ 7/18/2012 11:25 AM

I retired from the DPD a few years ago and i can tell you that the reason the city is broke is that there were to many hands in the cookie jar through the years.

Tim @ 7/19/2012 9:56 AM

Here in Tulsa the republican mayor tried cutting jobs of policemen and then tried to vote a raise for his staff. It's not about party it's greed. Everyone knows that Detroit has alot of crime and to cut officers pay is wrong and should be a crime itself

DK Novak @ 7/21/2012 12:39 PM

I work next door at Dearborn Heights, last year we took a 10% wage cut and we now work 4 days. It appears to be the sign of the times taking 10% lets hope its just a temporary thing. But then again what my city did is give their admistrators a bonus by adding years to their pension, allowing them to retire early with full pensins and rehire them back as contractors .... just think about that 5k monthly pension they get to collect along with that extra 50k a year.

Tammy @ 7/24/2012 3:05 PM

I don't think it's a question of being a democrat or a republican.. they constantly blame each other like a couple of kids, neither willing to take responsibility. How about "let's just do what's right" that is a concept that everyone in office has failed to grasp! As the economy continues to plummet, crime is going to go up...I don't think targeting the police department is a good idea.

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