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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:39 PM

Detroit police commanders get bonuses as cuts hit city workers

Source: Detroit Free Press

About 30 command-level staffers of the Detroit Police Department saw a bigger paycheck Friday after receiving onetime merit bonuses of up to $1,300, even as other city workers, including the mayor, face furloughs and additional pay cuts.

The bonuses, based on 2011-12 performance appraisals, were paid to nonunion police commanders, second deputy chiefs, inspectors and others. The move outraged the city's largest union, which is now negotiating reduced health care for its members as other city employees begin taking mandatory unpaid time off starting Monday.

The wage reductions have reached even the mayor's office. Mayor Dave Bing and at least one City Council member have agreed to give back 10% of their annual salaries to align themselves with about 1,250 nonunion workers facing pay cuts.

Ed McNeil, a special assistant to the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25, called the bonuses a slap in the face to union workers, many of whom are low on the pay scale but are still taking huge pay and benefits hits.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130209/NEWS01/302090121/Detroit-police-commanders-get-bonuses-as-cuts-hit-city-workers

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Reply Detroit police commanders get bonuses as cuts hit city workers (Original post)
UrbScotty Feb 2013 OP
SoapBox Feb 2013 #1
KansDem Feb 2013 #5
judesedit Feb 2013 #2
DissidentVoice Feb 2013 #3
hughee99 Feb 2013 #6
DissidentVoice Feb 2013 #7
hughee99 Feb 2013 #10
MichiganVote Feb 2013 #4
ancianita Feb 2013 #8
1983law Feb 2013 #9

Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 03:55 PM

1. Well...

upper level management types, everyplace, tend to protect and reward their own!

All while giving the finger and "shoe-in-the-face" to those below them, that do the serious work and are more deserving of the monies.

Shit always starts flowing from the top moving down.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:44 AM

5. Ain't that the truth!

upper level management types, everyplace, tend to protect and reward their own!

I've been privy to many hirings and promotions that relied more on inside connections and ___ism (fill in the blank) than savvy and intelligence.

Worthless slugs who wear "power suits" and vie for the "corner office," yet don't know whether they should be picking their noses and scratching their butts or vice-versa.

Don't get me started!

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 04:40 PM

2. Bonuses should go to those who do the actual job.Detroit beat police deserve it. Not pencil pushers

If they have any integrity at all, they'll refuse it.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:00 PM

3. I live about an hour away from Detroit

I've seen all this playing out on the news.

Detroit PD and FD are way, way understaffed because there isn't enough to "pay for" more firefighters, police officers and police precincts...but there's plenty to pay the brass, it seems.

Detroit is going to keep going into the shit, sadly, until the powers that be get it through their heads that they need to start with improving quality of life for PEOPLE - the people living there, who cannot get a police officer to respond to 911 within an hour because they're so understaffed, and the police and fire services who protect them.

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Response to DissidentVoice (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:40 PM

6. And by "plenty" you mean less than $39k (spread out over 30 people)?

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:04 PM

7. A relative term n/t

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Response to DissidentVoice (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:24 PM

10. Yes, it is. The amount they paid all the people in total is less that it would be to hire

one police officer or firefighter.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:56 PM

4. Not surprising. Everyone on the higher rung is overpaid these days.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:18 PM

8. More Divide and Conquer bullshit.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:22 PM

9. Just sell Belle Isle Park...

 

...to a private developer and use the money to pay salaries, hire more officers, and improve infrastructure.



ducking, donning Kevlar.

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