POLICE OFFICERS AGAINST
Today during the HPROA
meeting, there was discussion during the Board and Membership meetings about a
few upcoming referendum elections:
1. The Pension Obligation
Bonds, and the
2. Firefighters/Police Pay
The recommendation presented
by our Executive Director, Bill Elkin, was for our retired officers to NOT
openly campaign "for" or "against" the firefighters parity issue. In other
words, we take a neutral position as a group of retirees. Our foremost goal
should be to devote ALL of our energy for fighting FOR the passage of the
Pension Obligation Bonds in November.
Yes it's true that police
officers and firefighters have different jobs. One can argue that police
officers work more weekly hours than firefighters, while the firefighters'
reverse argument is that in recent years they have suffered more on-duty
deaths. Regardless of what statements are true or exaggerated, neither group
will win if we fight each other to death. The absurdity of a HFD vrs. HPD
conflict is analogous to the past fighting between the HPPU and the HPOU.
Throughout this discourse years ago, the employee groups fought each other - to
the delight of City Hall, and to the
end-result of over a decade of NO pay increases.
In the end, we realize that
remaining neutral is but a recommendation - nothing more - nothing less. All of
us are entitled to our personal opinion on these issues. Nevertheless, as a
group, our collective goal is the passage of the November referendum, with the
long-term goal being the sustainability of our pension for ourselves and future
generations of Houston Police Officers.
-Anthony Kivela, Board of
Directors, Position 7