Contract Arbitration Update

The interest arbitration between the FOP and the County to determine the terms of our next collective bargaining agreement will continue on Monday, November 9, 2015, with further proceedings scheduled before Arbitrator Joshua Javits. When bargaining in this round began in January of this year, the County was planning to furlough police officers for multiple weeks, with each week representing a 2% cut in base pay.  The County also was not willing to negotiate meaningfully about any improvements in pay or working conditions.  The FOP already has stopped the furloughs, working with other employee organizations and supporters in the County Council.  Now the FOP is trying to obtain at least some improvements in our collective bargaining agreement.  That is the purpose of interest arbitration – to get both parties to compromise and make reasonable proposals that will be accepted by the arbitrator as the most appropriate way to end a bargaining impasse. The parties are still making efforts to finish the arbitration and resolve their dispute before the upcoming holidays.  We will keep you informed as the process nears its conclusion. Dean M. Jones President, FOP Lodge 89

FOP89 Stands Behind Boycott

FOP 89 Stands Behind this Boycott. Below is the post from the National FOP Website.  Click on the link in the below for the letter sent by President Canterbury to the Weinstein Company.
America's Largest Police Union Calls on Members to Boycott Tarantino 11/02/2015
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, called on the organization's members to boycott Mr. Quentin Tarantino's film, The Hateful Eight, which is scheduled to be released later this year. In addition, the FOP is advising its members not to accept assignments or perform off-duty work, such as providing security, traffic control or technical assistance to any project involving Mr. Tarantino."For a man who has built his career on glorifying criminal violence, we take great offense to his recent comments calling law enforcement officers 'murderers' just days after an actual murder of a New York City Police Officer," Canterbury said. The FOP has urged its 2300 lodges and 330,000 members to boycott Mr. Tarantino's latest project in reaction to his inflammatory remarks describing law enforcement officers as "murderers" while attending an anti-police rally. Canterbury sent a letter to the Weinstein Company informing them of the reasons the FOP would be boycotting the film. "If Mr. Tarantino truly wished to be on 'the side of the murdered,' he would speak in defense of Officer Holder and the 37 other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015. Thirty-eight dead police officers may not be much of a body count for a Tarantino film, but to the brave men and women of the Fraternal Order of Police, it is far too many," Canterbury said.
 

Addition of a Final Roll Call Page and Photo Gallery

Our photo gallery is now up and running.  If you go to the Member Section tab and pick the photo gallery you will be able to access the two galleries we have up - 2015 Sea of Blue March and Rally and the 9th Annual FHM Car Show.  We have also added under the Fallen Heroes Tab a new page titled Final Roll Call.  As you look through the final roll call please keep us informed of any errors you find.  We would also like to get any of the missing dates or pictures if anyone has the information or pictures.  Send any comments, information, or photos to 2nd VP Consoli - aconsoli@fop89.org  

FOP 89 Fallen Heroes’ Walk Memorial

FOP Lodge 89 is creating a Heroes' Walk at our Fallen Heroes' Memorial.  You can now purchase a brick for the walk which can be engraved with a personalized message.  See the link below for a copy of the brochure which has full details and ordering information. FOP89-Brick-Brochure To go directly to the website to order your brick (preferred way to order) click the link below www.thatsmybrick.com/fop89

Great Military Times Article/Video Featuring Our Members

In December, the Prince George's County Police Department landed a spot as one of the top finishers in the Military Times' latest Best for Vets: Law Enforcement rankings. They spoke with several of our veteran and reservist officers about what it was like for them to transition from the military to law enforcement or juggle police work with reserve deployments. Our members also took them on a ride-along for a look at police work firsthand. Check out the link below for the article/video. http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/best-for-vets/2015/02/18/video-maryland-police-talk-military-transition/23616141/  

PG Co. & FOP 89 Scholarship Opportunity

See the below link for the Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund document if your child is a graduating senior (Of Any High School) this school year. As a sworn or retired officer, your child is eligible to interview for the FOP Lodge 89 scholarship award. If your child is graduating from a Prince George’s County Public School, they may be eligible to interview for additional scholarships administered by the Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund committee. If you wish for your child to be considered for these scholarships, take a few minutes to complete the attached application and return it to the listed P.O. Box by February 27, 2015. The interview process will take place April 16, 2015 and your child will receive an email from the committee confirming the time of the interview. Proper interview attire is required for the interview and your child must attend the scholarship interview. If you have any questions concerning this opportunity, contact Sgt. Rodney Gause #2278 by email or the following numbers 2015 PGCSF Application rgause@co.pg.md.us 301-772-4964 Office 240-429-4593 County Cell