Public Employee Press
Court shoots down roadblock
Sometimes the road to success is
littered with obstacles. On March 27, one stumbling block was removed when the
Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that the police unions
effort to block the pro-civilianization arbitration award of September 2004 was
The appellate judges issued a unanimous decision, ruling
that the Patrolmens Benevolent Association petition challenging the impartial
arbitrators 2004 ruling that civilians should replace uniformed officers
in administrative jobs was without standing.
Benevolent Association had joined the PBA in the court action.
like me at the Police Department are wondering: Why are people still sitting behind
desks in uniforms doing our jobs? said Alvin Carter of Clerical-Administrative
Employees Local 1549.
Local 1549 Executive Vice President Lenora Gates
said, Its disheartening that so much energy was expended in such a
futile pursuit trying to block jobs and promotions that our members are entitled
I was confident that the law was on our side,
said DC 37 Associate General Counsel Mary J. OConnell. I knew that,
ultimately, we would prevail.
Local 1549 President Eddie Rodriguez
noted that the effort to reverse the arbitrators decision regarding civilian
jobs didnt succeed. Both the state Supreme Court and the appellate
court have ruled. Now its time to move forward, implement the decision and
stop wasting the taxpayers money by using higher-paid uniformed employees
in our clerical-administrative jobs.
The union has estimated that
the city could save millions of dollars by replacing uniformed employees performing
civilian jobs with civilian employees.
The arbitration decision affects
DC 37 members in more than a dozen locals civilian NYPD employees in jobs
ranging from custodians to computer personnel, including almost every title
where a gun is not necessary, said Carter.