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LAPD Union Calls for Mediation After Declaring Contract Negotiation Impasse

September 12, 2014  | 

The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) Friday declared an impasse in contract negotiations with the City of Los Angeles.

The announcement at a news conference on the steps of City Hall was particularly significant because labor impasses typically are called for by management or municipalities, rather than labor organizations.

In July, more than 6,500 LAPD officers voted and rejected the City's contract offer.  Although the League agreed to continue negotiations with the City, more recent contract talks have also failed as the bargaining has become regressive.

"On Monday (September 8), the City offered a counter proposal that sent a clear message - they have no intention of coming to any compromise that our members would see as remotely fair or equitable," said LAPPL President Tyler Izen. "Their most recent offer is not only insulting, it's regressive in nature. It's actually financially worse than the proposal our members turned down in July."

Izen said the League hopes that a neutral, third party, appointed by the City Employee Relations Board, will mediate the issues in dispute and/or preside over fact-finding to move the parties to a fair and equitable resolution for LAPD officers who protect and serve the residents of Los Angeles.

"We have already lost more than 120 officers to other agencies," Izen said. "Make no mistake, officer attrition will negatively affect public safety." He cited the City of San Jose where the government discounted the value of their officers in wages and benefits. That department has shrunk from 1,400 to 900 officers and crime has risen at a rate higher than the state and national averages, he said.

Izen noted that over the past five years, the hard-working men and women of the LAPD have sacrificed to help the City balance its budget during tough economic times, giving concessions totaling $127 million annually. He said the City's last offer continued to ignore the sacrifices and outstanding work and dedication of LAPD officers who have driven crime to record low levels.

"There is a deep-seated frustration and anger among the rank and file due to the already low pay compared to other agencies, inconsistent working conditions, a disciplinary system that is viewed as biased and unfair," Izen insisted. "That frustration has translated to the fact that the membership is no longer willing to continue the financial givebacks."

Izen said the LAPPL Board of Directors and the membership are committed to securing a contract that reflects the wages, benefits and working conditions officers deserve.

"The LAPPL would remain willing to work with the City to achieve a contract that's fair to LAPD officers and ensures the needs of the public will continue to be served. However, that commitment must be reciprocated. That is something is not being demonstrated by the City." 

 


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kevCopAz @ 9/12/2014 4:03 PM

We in Phx feel their pain! Im retired (thank God) but the ones still in the trenches are 500 officer shirt (we only had 3200 to start) and have had wages, benefits, retirement, medical work rights etc all slashed by the City. I am sure that Phx will follow and the crime rate will run up. I know there are many more officers in our DROP program and within the next 2-3 years we will lose probably another 300 officers. Phx has not hired (until just reentry) in 5 years! Yes not one hired in 5 years!Glad I live outside of that city now, the other cities in the valley have gotten many officer to run from Phx to their agencies and I'm sure it will continue. I retired 2 yrs early from DROP just to work for another agency (County) and am loving it!.
LA you are in for the "San Jose Shuffle" as is Phx and every other city that makes up their budget on the backs of Police and Fire. Good luck, personally I home your crime rate runs so very high that the folks vote you dundee heads out office

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