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Newark Lays Off 167 Cops – Due To Union

From the New York Post:

Newark lays off 167 cops

By DAVID PORTER
December 1, 2010

More than 150 Newark police officers lost their jobs yesterday after negotiations between their union and New Jersey’s largest city broke off, reducing the police force as violent crime has started to rise after three years of decline…

The 167 layoffs mark the city’s largest force reduction in 32 years.

Mayor Cory Booker criticized the Fraternal Order of Police for an "unwillingness to make one penny’s worth of concessions in order to save jobs," and noted that all other city employee unions had made concessions in recent months.

Mayor Cory Booker has long since been our favorite Democrat. This is as courageous as President Reagan firing the air traffic controllers, if not more.

[Mayor Booker] also slammed the union’s executive board for rejecting the city’s demands without putting them to a vote by the full membership.

FOP President Derrick Hatcher defended the union’s actions, and said its proposals could have saved the officers’ jobs and maintained the existing contract.

"To put it out for a vote would basically be renegotiating our contract," he said

No, heaven forbid that you would allow the rank and file members any say in whether they should make some minor concessions to keep their jobs or not.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Newark Lays Off 167 Cops – Due To Union”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Went through this very thing in 2003. Were it not for making concessions, I would’ve lost my job. Glad my union had the good sense to do so.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    I have a strange relationship with unions. MY father, the man I can credit for all my conservative upbringing, also served as his company’s union president for about 15 years. He works for a small time broadcasting media company that at the time had a rough reputation for how they treated employees, so he took the job. It offered him a glimpse into how the union hierarchy works, and suffice it to say, the assumptions about their level of concern for their members are quite true. They exist to profit off of the businesses they extort, and if omelet costs a few broken eggs in the form of some union guys jobs, they don’t care at all. The funny thing here is that this mayor will be the one blamed as always.

  3. proreason says:

    Unions are equivalent to crony capitalists. There may be some exceptions, but not many, since the way has been shown by the UAW and SEIU, and smaller unions inevitably follow what works for their more powerful brethren.

    Unions and politically connected businesses don’t compete. They use their political power to eliminate competitition. They are anti capitalism; therefore anti-freedom; therefore anti American. And they are inevitably extremely corrupt.

    The economic method that has made America the most successful country in history is free enterprise, not corrupt political force. The method that Unions and crony capitalists use is the same method that the USSR used; fascism and raw political power. That method only enriches the tiny cadre that has the power. All others suffer.

    Unions are one of the key enemies of this country. It’s sad to say, because 100 years ago, they were a force for good. No more.

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    The thugs on the street have their counterparts on the force.
    This is one more reason why cops, like Congressmen, come into the job thinking they will save the city and learn the hard way that the enemies aren’t just the ones you lock up.

  5. Chinnubie says:

    Notice how governments go after the cops and I’m sure the firemen are next then the nurses. I mean they can’t find ANYWHERE else in Newark to cut back to be able to keep the cops. This union did this deliberately to be able to cry about how crime has gone up because of the evil republicans, especially, Govenor Christie.

    Unions are insidious and need to be gotten rid of permanently!

  6. P. Aaron says:

    The FOP = GREED: We get ours at everyone else’s expense.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    And they want “MY” weapons?
    I shudder the thought.

  8. Chuckk says:

    It’s funny how governments lay off cops, firemen, teachers, etc. when they have huge buildings full of paper pushing bureaucrats that seem to have permanent job protection.

  9. Mithrandir says:

    It’s ALL rigged!

    It’s squeezing money, compliance, docility out of the population. Your masters say,

    “Oh, don’t want to pay taxes eh? Well GUESS WHAT!? we will cut police services, then when you shoot someone in self-defense, we will put you under the microscope, get a very stupid jury to throw you in prison with all the scumbags you tried to protect yourself against.

    You have the right to protect yourself, BUT IF YOU DO, be sure, the centralized planners of your safety, prosecutors and district attorneys will ruin your life. —best to pay higher taxes huh?


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