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LAPD Officers Reject City's Contract Proposal

July 14, 2014  | 

The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) announced Sunday that rank-and-file officers have rejected the proposed contract offered by the City of Los Angeles.

A total of 5,823 LAPD officers voted in person July 8–11 against the tentative agreement.

"LAPD officers have spoken clearly. Their perspectives are consistent with those that we communicated at the bargaining table," said Tyler Izen, president of the LAPPL.

"There is a deep-seated frustration and anger among the officers caused by their low pay, working conditions, a disciplinary system that is viewed as biased and unfair, and their perception that management is unreceptive to their problems," Izen added. "It was aggravated by city hall's release of partial terms of the contract and violating confidentiality agreements with the League. Another factor was the Department’s complete lack of support to address the need for cash overtime which would prevent forced time off. Currently there are hundreds of fewer officers daily on the street which creates an officer and community safety issue. Adding to the frustration is the Department’s refusal to revamp a disciplinary system that has lost all credibility because it is viewed as arbitrary and inconsistent. The voting results illustrate the extent of the problems not being addressed by city hall and the Department.

"Overall crime is down in L.A., but so is the morale of LAPD officers. The membership believes that the contract offered by the City failed to recognize the outstanding work and dedication of LAPD officers who have driven crime down to record levels. Over the past five years, LAPD officers have done more than their fair share to help the City through tough economic times. Previous concessions by officers included cuts in pay and higher out-of-pocket payment for benefits, including pensions," said Izen.

Compared to other Southern California law enforcement agencies, salaries for LAPD officers are obviously lower and the fact that LAPD had to bargain for cash overtime is inconsistent with other police departments nationwide.

"Our members have rejected a contract without a cost of living adjustment. The chief often says, cops count, let's hope the City agrees," said Izen.

The LAPPL board of directors and its membership are dedicated to securing a contract reflective of the wages, benefits, and working conditions that they deserve.

"The LAPPL remains willing to work with the City to achieve a contract that will be fair to LAPD officers and ensure the needs of the public will continue to be served," said Izen.

Tags: LAPD, Police Unions


Comments (2)

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Ghostpanzer007 @ 7/14/2014 1:48 PM

I can understand their frustration,but where would like the city to get the money.

The pensions are unfunded by 740 million dollars. Would you like to city go bankrupt and have all city contracts restructured.

Please look at what has happened in San Bernardino, Vallejo, Stockton, Detroit.

Police officers perks are pretty good compare to other city's. It also doesn't help when a large portion of police and fire pull the workers comp stuff before they retire.

Can't have your cake and eat it too.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/14/2014 2:17 PM

@ Ghostpanzer007,
At one time LAPD was he highest paid police department in California. They are a good PD, and deserve the best pay. The cities you named ( I am not sure about San Bernardino ) but the others are welfare cities. If Gov. Brown, has money to spend for the bullet train and the illegals he sure as heck has money for LAPD.

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