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Police, city still negotiating contract concessions; claim threatens process

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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 11:44 am | Updated: 5:19 am, Sat Jun 11, 2011.

The Lodi Police Officers Association has agreed to benefit and salary concessions, but the claim they filed last month threatens to derail the negotiations.

City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said he will recommend that the Lodi City Council reject the agreement until a claim the union filed for more than a $1 million in past wages and benefits is settled. Filing a claim is the first step toward a lawsuit.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:03 am on Sat, Jun 11, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    We will see... however, I cannot imagine any rational human being thinking that Lodi or any other city in California is economically in good shape... if there are extra funds, I would hope that it could be saved for a soon to be rainy day that is very likely to be coming. For the union to be pushing hard for more... is financial insanity and a slap to the face of Lodi citizens.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:53 pm on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    The document/agenda is here on the city website in pdf form.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:51 pm on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, please read the documents that are also the agenda for the council meeting on Tuesday. It corellates the fact that the city may not be honest upfront about the financial condition of it general fund and the ploy may be that they (city) are crying poor, when that may not be the real truth. The real truth will be revealed at Tuesday's 7AM council meeting, hopefully, barring no cancellation or absent council members or management. This should be very interesting and I'm hoping to be there.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:04 pm on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Sounds like a union pattern. I clearly remember the school union and teachers publicly stating that the district was hiding 15 million similar to what you just posted...suspected... and after the school board election where pro union board members were elected to fight all this corruption, not one peep was mentioned about all this hidden money... Not one sentence or mention of this topic since the election...
    One might think that the union was playing dirty... but who knows.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 2:30 pm on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Thank you Mr. Scott, for bringing up an interesting point. There will be a shirtsleeve meeting next Tuesday morning at 7AM concerning this same issue concerning the Lodi firefighters. Mr. John Johns, ffinancial consultant for the Lodi Professional Firefighters Association, will give a presentation to Lodi city council and the city manager regarding revenue creation ideas. After reading the agenda and legal documentation for this presentation, it appears as though the city of Lodi has access to other revenues thaat are suspected of not being disclosed. This alleged extra revenue is calculated to reduce Lodi's budget deficit from $4.2 million to approximately $870,000. That's quite a monetary difference when presenting numbers to the police and fire departments of Lodi concerning the ongoing labor contract negotiations concerning these two entities. I urge anyone interested to attend this shirtsleeve/special meeting this Tuesday at 7AM to learn whether your city leaders are giving the correct figures concerning the budget deficit of $4.2 million or merely using an inflated figure to cry poor at the contract negotiations of the police and fire contracts. To see the documents this information came from, just go to the agenda documents for the city council shirtsleeve/special meeting on Tuesday June, 14, 2011 and read the 10 page document. I'm sure this will also complicate the negotiations with the Lodi police department as well. Or this link:


  • Jackson Scott posted at 12:37 pm on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Interesting. This Gualco-Brucia relationship is even more interesting. Their consulting business could really mess things up top to bottom on these concessions.

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