Jun 5
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Fellow Members,

I want to thank all of you who attended last nights City Council meeting. This was truly a successful evening. We filled the Council Chambers to standing room only with cops and firefighters. President DeSimone did an incredible job in speaking to the Council about the concerns from the rank and file and he received a standing ovation by everyone in the room. His message was right on point, his delivery was sincere, and the Council members were extremely attentive during his speech.

I can assure you all this turnout made a difference. This was one of the largest turnouts we have ever had and the City Council members will not forget our presence. This year is an election year and we will be watching how each one votes during this budget process.

The budget must be passed by July 1st. I will be attending budget hearings and continue to put pressure on the City Council to give all City Employees a 5% raise.

I will keep you all updated and thanks again for all your support.

Rick Armstrong

May 23
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Fellow Members,

As many of you know the City Manager proposed the budget for the upcoming year to the City Council. Overall many of the employee benefits have been maintained and some benefits have been improved. The merit pay will be a 3% increase for all employees who receive a minimum of a standard evaluation. This is a significant increase compared to the recent past proposed budgets. We have met with all the Council members to express to them the importance of compensating City employees appropriately.

A 3% raise is a start but it is not enough. As we have stated from the beginning, we believe an across the board 5% raise is fair and reasonable considering the lack of raises over the past several years.

President DeSimone and President Wilder from the Firefighters Union will be speaking at the City Council meeting on June 4, 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Please support your Union, the President of the RPPA, and all City employees by attending this meeting. Your family(including children) are permitted and encouraged to attend. This meeting should be no longer than an hour. I will continue to remind you all with future emails about this meeting.

Thanks for your support,

Rick Armstrong

May 23
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Fellow Members,

As many of you know the City Manager proposed the budget for the upcoming year to the City Council. Overall many of the employee benefits have been maintained and some benefits have been improved. The merit pay will be a 3% increase for all employees who receive a minimum of a standard evaluation. This is a significant increase compared to the recent past proposed budgets. We have met with all the Council members to express to them the importance of compensating City employees appropriately.

A 3% raise is a start but it is not enough. As we have stated from the beginning, we believe an across the board 5% raise is fair and reasonable considering the lack of raises over the past several years.

President DeSimone and President Wilder from the Firefighters Union will be speaking at the City Council meeting on June 4, 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Please support your Union, the President of the RPPA, and all City employees by attending this meeting. Your family(including children) are permitted and encouraged to attend. This meeting should be no longer than an hour. I will continue to remind you all with future emails about this meeting.

Thanks for your support,

Rick Armstrong

Mar 23
Next Meeting
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The next RPPA meeting will be Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the Teamster Union Hall on Angus Dr. Please make every effort to attend we will be discussing our strategy to obtain across the board raises.

Feb 28
Address
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Fellow Members,
I you are a member of the RPPA and are not receiving emails please email me at rarmstrong@teamsterslocal391.org with your email address. Also, if you are not receiving newsetters from the Teamsters please send your home address to me via email. Thanks,
Rick Armstrong

Feb 15
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Fellow Members,

Last week Resident Superior Court Judge Michael O’Foghludha dismissed the RPPA lawsuit against Harry Dolan on the grounds we had failed to pursue or exhaust administrative remedies, failed to establish an inadequate alternate remedy, failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, and/or lack of standing to pursue relief. My appeal for discharge is still pending a hearing in front of the Raleigh Civil Service Commission. I have not determined if I will proceed with that process considering the Civil Service Commission consistently upholds decision made by the City Manager and we believe is not an impartial board. Furthermore, our objective from the beginning was to hold Harry Dolan accountable for his actions against our Union and the leaders of our Union. Harry Dolan is no longer Chief and we now have a Chief who has clearly shown she is willing to work with and listen to our Union. An example of her willingness to listen to the rank and file is her decision to completely rescind the PPM evaluation. A recommendation we offered from the very beginning. Our goal is not to tarnish or cause future damage to the reputation of the RPD and its leadership but to work with and improve working conditions, pay and benefits for all police officers. We believe to effectively move forward with this goal we should not continue to appeal and attack a misguided ex-Chief who has retired and does not represent what our police department now stands for. We should move forward by focusing our attention, resources, and energy on current ongoing issues.

Our priority now is pay raises for all police officers. The City has not provided a range adjustment for employees since 2009. We believe this year is the year that the City must make up for all those years of lost raises. Our Local Union has joined forces with the Firefighters Union and the Public Workers Union to request an across the board 5% raise for all employees. We believe we are well over due and the City can afford this modest increase in salaries. Vice President Scott Rolfe and I met with Council Members today to express to them our concerns and to educate them on the sacrifices employees have made for the City over the past 5 years. They agreed that we did have a legitimate concern and were willing to support us. We all most come together on this issue. There will be meetings in the near future to discuss our strategies and I ask all of you to start planning now to attend the Public Budget Hearing on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 1900 hrs. at the City Council Chambers. A strong turnout will show Council we vote and we care about our raises. A low turnout will show Council you don’t vote and really don’t care about a raise. Start planning to take time off now. We will continue to update all of you on our progress.

Thanks for all your support,

Rick Armstrong
Business Agent, Teamsters Local 391
(919)427-1300
rarmstrong@teamsterslocal391.org

Jan 29

The Raleigh Police Protective Association proudly endorses Interim Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown for the vacant Raleigh Police Chief position. Interim Chief Deck-Brown exhibits the characteristics that are essential in the next police chief: experience, knowledge, expertise and integrity. We are confident that Chief Deck-Brown will continue to lead this department and the community moving forward.

President Eric DeSimone

Jan 18
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I want to thank the hundreds of members of the Raleigh Police Protective Association for their rigid stance against the PBM system. The RPPA is proud to stand behind Chief Deck-Brown’s decision and support her recognition of the need for a more meaningful and impartial evaluation system. This decision will allow officers to once again concentrate and focus on the extensive work they do for the citizens of this city. The RPPA looks forward to working with the department and the City of Raleigh in the future to implement a purposeful and unbiased evaluation system that will accurately reflect the great work done by all Raleigh police officers.

Today, January 17, 2013, I have rescinded my grievance filed in July 2012 in protest against the PBM system. I am now asking all members who have filed similar grievances to consider doing the same in light of the Chief’s decision.

Again I thank you in your support and dedication to organize for meaningful cause.

Raleigh Police Protective Association President
Eric DeSimone

Jan 16

The PPM evaluation has been rescinded and will no longer be used by RPD management. I want to thank all the members who filed grievances on this evaluation especially Trey Walters, who risked his career and stood up to Chief Dolan and the ineffective evaluation. This is another major victory for our Union. I also want to thank you all for all of your patience. I know many of our members were frustrated with the time frame but as I said before with persistence and continued solidarity we will always be victorious.

President DeSimone has a scheduled meeting with Major Neiman to discuss future evaluations. More information on this meeting will be forthcoming.

Thanks for all your continued support.

Dec 31

As the year comes to a close I would like to give you all an overview of our accomplishments for the year 2012 and our goals for the coming year, 2013.

As many of you know the beginning of this year began with significant conflicts between our Local Union and the former RPD Chief, Harry Dolan. A lawsuit was filed against the Chief for his actions toward me and other executive board members of the RPPA. This lawsuit is ongoing and is currently in the preliminary stages of discovery. The next step is a hearing with the Raleigh Civil Service Commission, hopefully within the next few months. This actions of the previous Chief and his refusal to meet with Union leaders created a great deal of adversity between the RPPA and the Chief. We were forced to go public on many negative issues within the RPD. This is an action we never take pride in but when management refuses to listen to the concerns of the rank and file we are left we no other options. We believe our continued press conferences played a role in the Chief’s retirement.

President DeSimone, VP Rolfe and Secretary-Treasurer Dike are in the process of creating a committee to determine if we will endorse the next Chief and if we do who the endorsement should be. This will be a very thorough and in depth process. We plan to have a meeting within the next few weeks to have vote from the membership. Our goal is to endorse a Chief who is willing to sit down and work with our Union leaders who look after the best interest of our members.

We have represented dozens of Teamster police officers in IA investigations, shootings, and other criminal complaints against our members.

We filed over 200 grievances against a new PPM evaluation that is currently being investigated by HR. Many of you may have given up and believe that this evaluation has become permanent. There could be nothing from the truth. President DeSimone has met with Council members and RPD upper management and they have all expressed serious concerns about the future of this evaluation. We are confident that with the appointment of the next Chief the RPPA will have a significant voice on a more accurate measurement of an officer’s work ethic.

The current major goals for next year are as follows;

The appointment of a new Chief that will work with the Raleigh Police Protective Association.

A new evaluation that will accurately measure an officer’s performance

A five percent range adjustment increase for all police officers regardless of rank, salary, or quartile placement. We are working with the firefighters union and the public works union to help gain support from all City employees. There will be a public budget hearing in June. I encourage all of you to attend.

Officer Jay Krueger has reached the final stage of his appeal to the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission. Our Local Union has spent thousands of dollars to support Jay and his case. We will continue to support him in the appeal process. A victory by Jay and our Union could be a victory for all police officers across the State. Our Legal Council, Travis Payne is arguing that when Officer Krueger was disciplined the Commission did so in an arbitrary and capricious manner. We are fighting for a more fair process to discipline police officers across the state.

Thanks for all you support. Our next Teamster membership meeting will be Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. at the Teamster Union Hall on Angus Dr. Please make every effort to attend.

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