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Detroit cops abandon posts to protest pay cuts
Washington Examiner ^ | 11/20/2011 | Joel Gehrke

Posted on 11/21/2011 1:07:21 PM PST by Skeez

Sixteen Detroit police officers failed to finish their scheduled shifts on Friday. The unannounced work-stoppage was an apparent protest against the Detroit mayor's planned reductions in pay for police, one part of a larger package intended to address the city's financial crisis.

The apparent protest was a "concerted effort isolated to one shift at one district," Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. explained in a statement. The police officers left during their 4-8 pm shift on Friday, according to the Detroit News.

Earlier in the week, Mayor Dave Bing warned police officers to expect a 10 percent pay cut in a speech outlining a series of budget control measures. "I do not want to cut boots on the street but we need police and fire to accept the same 10 percent cut in salary that the rest of our city employees have accepted," Bing told city residents on Wednesday. "Adding that savings to the cuts instituted across all city departments will save a total of $13 million dollars this fiscal year."

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The police officers left during their 4-8 pm shift on Friday...

Just in time for Happy Hour... Unbelievable.

1 posted on 11/21/2011 1:07:22 PM PST by Skeez
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To: Skeez

Dave Bing may be a democrat but he’s also a businessman and it shows.


2 posted on 11/21/2011 1:09:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Skeez

Did anyone notice.


3 posted on 11/21/2011 1:10:00 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Skeez
Hmmmm...4 to 8 pm, that would be 4 hours or 10% of a 40 hour shift. Sounds like they are sending the mayor a warning that if he cuts their pay 10% they are going to work 10% fewer hours. (not saying it's right, just seemed it was more than a coincidence that both would equal 10%)
4 posted on 11/21/2011 1:11:29 PM PST by apillar
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To: Skeez

Absent without authorization, leaving the public at risk.

Fire them.


5 posted on 11/21/2011 1:12:36 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Skeez

Atlas Shrugs.


6 posted on 11/21/2011 1:14:42 PM PST by Retro Llama
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Fire them.

Sorry, the government's union b***h who negotiated the contract with the union agreed that they can't be fired for labor actions. Right?

7 posted on 11/21/2011 1:15:49 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Skeez
... their 4-8 pm shift ...

A four hour shift? If that is what it is, that's no shift. It's a break from your time off.

8 posted on 11/21/2011 1:15:57 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Skeez

I wonder if the city will riot like it did in Robocop...


9 posted on 11/21/2011 1:16:07 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

People want to be paid for the work they do. There are probably other ways that the mayor can save money for the city, but he won’t let his pet projects go.


10 posted on 11/21/2011 1:16:23 PM PST by christx30
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Fire them.

This mayor just might. One of the first things he did when elected was to fire some 50 bus drivers who declared an informal strike. He declared that since bus service had been unaffected, their service was no longer needed. lol
11 posted on 11/21/2011 1:17:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

thankless job to begin with.


12 posted on 11/21/2011 1:17:32 PM PST by RitchieAprile (Precious little in your life is yours by right and won without a fight..)
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To: Skeez

ummmm are they allowed to just walk out? why can’t they be replaced if they don’t want to work?


13 posted on 11/21/2011 1:17:43 PM PST by snowstorm12
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To: org.whodat

Did anyone notice.

The donut shops.

Looks like staff reduction.
16 less officers-16 less pensions.

That’s how you sharpen the pencil.


14 posted on 11/21/2011 1:17:58 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Skeez

welcome to the 3rd world


15 posted on 11/21/2011 1:18:25 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: maine yankee
Dang, one donut shop gone.
16 posted on 11/21/2011 1:20:55 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Skeez

Just imagine what would happen to them in the private sector.. but they’ll be coddled.. and of course.. payed. And their union thugs will get fawning face time on local networks.


17 posted on 11/21/2011 1:21:08 PM PST by Track9
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To: cripplecreek

He doesn’t have much freedom to screw up. He has X dollars to spend and NO ONE will loan him any more.


18 posted on 11/21/2011 1:21:29 PM PST by DManA
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To: mvpel
Sorry, the government's union b***h who negotiated the contract with the union agreed that they can't be fired for labor actions. Right?

Think Ronald Reagan and the air-traffic controllers. Maybe Dave Bing has a similar set of stones.

19 posted on 11/21/2011 1:22:16 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: RitchieAprile
thankless job to begin with.

Agreed. But it's a job the taxpayers of Detroit are paying to have done. LEOs deserve support when they're putting their lives on the line. But when they walk off the job, the life that is on the line isn't theirs. It's those they are supposed to serve.

20 posted on 11/21/2011 1:23:22 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Skeez

Where is the money to pay them? Gone. You can’t get blood out of a stone.


21 posted on 11/21/2011 1:25:44 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Skeez

Sounds like an illegal wildcat strike to me. They were in violation of federal law.


22 posted on 11/21/2011 1:27:16 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: cripplecreek
“Dave Bing may be a democrat but he’s also a businessman and it shows.”

Dave Bing never was a businessman. His original business endeavor quickly went bankrupt. He then got a position as a minority supplier to GM and other companies. Bing's “business” would sell GM products produced by white owned businesses to which Bing would do absolutely nothing but add a mark up to the price. This is what almost all minority suppliers did. Some just took the payments and then refused to pay their white suppliers.

When I lived in Michigan all the big companies and government purchasers were required to set aside a certain portion of their business to selected minority suppliers.

Bing may be more capable than most Democrat politicians but he was never a businessman.

23 posted on 11/21/2011 1:28:53 PM PST by detective
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To: Skeez

Soooo,
Don’t cut their pay,
eliminate their positions.


24 posted on 11/21/2011 1:30:31 PM PST by Joe Boucher (FUBO ya quota boy ( Real conservative or go fish) Sooo, that leaves you out Mitt)
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To: Skeez

Hey look...there should be 16 vacancies coming up in the Detroit PD...coincidence?


25 posted on 11/21/2011 1:31:34 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Think Ronald Reagan and the air-traffic controllers. Maybe Dave Bing has a similar set of stones.

He appears to. I know he stirred up the unions by wanting to end payroll deductions for union dues which is a whole hell of a lot better than many republicans in this state.
26 posted on 11/21/2011 1:35:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

I suspect it would make news if he took action. And probably draw some applause.


27 posted on 11/21/2011 1:39:55 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Joe Boucher

All I can find on pay scale for Detroit police is from 2007 and it shows them starting at around $47,000 per year.

All I’ve got to say is that society creates a need for police and society can end that need if they wish.


28 posted on 11/21/2011 1:40:25 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Skeez
Bring in OCP


29 posted on 11/21/2011 1:42:52 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I say tax the 1%’rs. By God make them pay their fair share !!!! Uh what...... Oh, there aren’t any more 1%’rs that live in Detroit anymore. Well...uh...I know, force those capatitalistic pigs out in Gross Pointe Shores to move back into Detroit and THEN tax the snot out them.


30 posted on 11/21/2011 1:43:14 PM PST by technically right
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To: dfwgator

As long as I can get an SUX 2000 out of the deal...


31 posted on 11/21/2011 1:51:53 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Skeez

They Got Home Safe™


32 posted on 11/21/2011 1:56:54 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Joe Boucher

Bingo.


33 posted on 11/21/2011 2:00:54 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

“Fire them.”

And just who will take their place? Detroit makes most other places look like a Sunday School picnic. It’s going to be “interesting” when all of these unionized “public safety” people start having to behave like their private sector bretheren.
Let’s see just how long the RATS can continue to pay these turds more than they are worth before the taxpayers call a halt.


34 posted on 11/21/2011 2:05:24 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Skeez
"The police officers left during their 4-8 pm shift on Friday"

Knowing how Public Employee Unions operate, they probably will cover the absenteeism with OVERTIME, and those who walked off will be paid, anyway (even if a Grievance must be filed), and backpay is re-instated as a result of "Contract Requirements".

Taxpayers, as always, are the un-limited funding Public Unions extort.

35 posted on 11/21/2011 2:19:41 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Skeez

They have a 4 hr. shift?


36 posted on 11/21/2011 2:19:52 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Skeez

Easy solution - issue them IOU’s for pay and when the tax $ come in send it out in porportion of all the other Government Dept.


37 posted on 11/21/2011 2:31:49 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: vette6387
And just who will take their place? Detroit makes most other places look like a Sunday School picnic.

I'd rather walk in a Detroit blackout than many places in Chicago during the day. At least I can defend myself in Detroit.
38 posted on 11/21/2011 2:34:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Skeez; All

wow this is exactly the scenario from the first robocop movie.


39 posted on 11/21/2011 2:42:18 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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I wonder if the city will riot like it did in Robocop...

No, it won't even be noticed.......The DPD is now an irrelevant entitity in Detroit and their only function is to appear on scene AFTER a murder or assault has occured with an official on hand to answer any questions the local news crews may be asking.........

Any alleged shootings will result in the DPD telling the assailant to file a report the next day if the shooting occured during the night time hours and no one was shot.........

A good friend of mine's daugher was such a target about 3 years ago at the intersection of Outer Drive and Cadieux at approximately 11:30 p.m. as she was returning home from her afternoon shift as a nurse.........

40 posted on 11/21/2011 2:50:19 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (ue)
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To: christx30
People want to be paid for the work they do.

Others would like to be paid for that work too, and are willing to accept less if the current occupants of those positions won't.

41 posted on 11/21/2011 2:53:00 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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there is a reason it is the LOST city of Detroit.

in 20 years detroit will be a ghost town.


42 posted on 11/21/2011 2:57:37 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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As long as I can get an SUX 2000

I thought it was a 6000 SUX? That was the only scene that vividly stood out in my mind when I watched that movie and I laughed out loud..........

43 posted on 11/21/2011 3:00:10 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (ue)
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To: cripplecreek

All I know is I wouldn’t be a cop in Detroit for lots more than that.
You could pay me twice that to just move there and I wouldn’t do it.


44 posted on 11/21/2011 3:05:35 PM PST by Joe Boucher (FUBO ya quota boy ( Real conservative or go fish) Sooo, that leaves you out Mitt)
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To: Joe Boucher

Society creates the need for cops and society can eliminate the need if they really want to.

We eliminated my town’s little police force a few years ago and now we have a county cop roll through about once a week. In my opinion, even that is unnecessary since we’re pretty much crime free.


45 posted on 11/21/2011 3:09:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

little crime in my private community other than maybe white collar stuff.
Course outsiders can always see stuff and want to take it.


46 posted on 11/21/2011 3:22:56 PM PST by Joe Boucher (FUBO ya quota boy ( Real conservative or go fish) Sooo, that leaves you out Mitt)
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To: Hot Tabasco

47 posted on 11/21/2011 3:38:03 PM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: ctdonath2

Which sets up a downward spiral of wages. If I’m making $10 an hour, you fire me and hire someone for $7, what’s to stop you from firing them and hire someone for $6? Where is the floor for wages? I mean... I don’t like cops in the least. But why should we continually accept doing the same work for less and less money?


48 posted on 11/21/2011 3:50:05 PM PST by christx30
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“Which sets up a downward spiral of wages. If I’m making $10 an hour, you fire me and hire someone for $7, what’s to stop you from firing them and hire someone for $6? Where is the floor for wages? I mean... I don’t like cops in the least. But why should we continually accept doing the same work for less and less money?”

The floor is the point where nobody of any quality is willing to take the job. As an employer, you expect a certain quality of an applicant, if there is nobody of the quality you expect willing to work for the pay you are offering, then you offer more.


49 posted on 11/21/2011 3:58:17 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: christx30
I don’t like cops in the least. But why should we continually accept doing the same work for less and less money?

Because the mention of cutting the wages or laying off the most important employees in a community (firefighters included) when budget cuts are required, is designed to promote the most outrage from the citizens who would normally support such cuts and defer attention from the city govt. employees in all other non public safety departments who should be considered useless overhead and the real targets of those cuts......

50 posted on 11/21/2011 4:31:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (ue)
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