March 21, 2010

FIRST, BREAK THE PUBLIC UNIONS:

Why it's so hard to fire a Phila. police officer (Troy Graham and Allison Steele, 3/21/10, Philadelphia Inquirer)

[B]ecause the police union wins most arbitrations, one thing is certain: It is very difficult to fire a Philadelphia officer.

Through arbitration in the last five years, the union has returned about two-thirds of dismissed officers to the force. [...]

Former Police Commissioner John F. Timoney said he remembered winning just one hearing during his tenure from 1998 through 2001, after he fired an officer for shooting an unarmed motorist.

"That was the one that severed whatever relationship I had with the union," he said. "It's just not a good system, but Philadelphia is a very pro-labor town."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2010 6:57 AM
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