It has been brought to my attention that an inflammatory statement has been circulating amongst the membership. I want to get ahead of these lies and set the record straight.
First, your Union leadership is not “bartering” with the Chief regarding your AHOD settlement. We are committed to seeing all of these cases through to the end, and to fighting for the best final disposition afforded you by law.
Second, we are not “offering to take 1/3 or 1/2 of the original damages awarded us in the original suit.” There have been no damages awarded us in any of our AHOD matters to date. When we prevail the awards will not be abbreviated in any manner.
Third, the membership was not awarded “triple those damages.” Again, we have been awarded nothing to date.
Fourth, we are NOT “eliminating the retired and detached members from the suit.” That is not legally permissible, and all members effected by the AHOD will be entitled to whatever award the court deems.
Fifth, we are not “striking a deal with the Chief to concede all pending grievances.” To settle any grievance would take a collaborated effort between the member(s) effected, the Union, and the Department. There will be no blanket concessions. Additionally, no precedents are set through grievance arbitration. A precedent is an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances. Precedent is only set by final dispositions from either the PERB Public Employee Relations Board) or the Courts. Consequently, the PERB could look at a settlement memorandum between two parties and use that as precedent only if the parties failed to prevent such action in their settlement memorandum. This is a stipulation that both the Union and the Department include in most settlement memoranda, unless the setting of precedent would benefit our membership. Also, when a matter is settled out of court or out of PERB, as in a few of the above referenced matters, no precedent is set provided the above actions are taken.
We encourage questions and concerns from all of our members, and look forward to answering all of your questions. In regards to this statement, there is no need to wait until a general membership meeting to bring this to your Union’s attention. These concerns need to be addressed and the truth - not fiction - needs to disseminated.
I look forward to seeing you all at the June 14th General Membership Meeting, however, if you have any concerns or questions, we are at your service. Be safe.
Matthew N. Mahl
DC Police Union
Posted June 02 2016 at 10:11 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link