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Finizio Announces "Monumental Step Forward" With New London Police Union

Mayor says tentative agreement will result in close to $1 million in savings

Saying it represents a major improvement in the relationship between the city administration and , Mayor Daryl Finizio announced this evening that tentative agreements with the New London Police Union have been approved.

Finizio said all layoffs in the police department during the 2013 fiscal year will be avoided under a . He said the second one, approved this morning, will result in at least $954,000 in savings and the resolution of numerous grievances and municipal prohibited practice complaints.

“There are still going to be disagreements and there are still some unresolved issues,” said Finizio. “But I think overall this is a positive step.”

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Todd Lynch, president of the New London Police Union, said he thought the agreement represented a “turning point” in the relationship between the union and mayor’s office. He thanked Chief Administrative Officer Jane Glover, who has negotiated agreements with both the police and fire unions.

“We believe the results here are fair dealing for everyone,” said Lynch.

Agreement conditions

Finizio said the majority of the savings will come from scheduling changes to reduce overtime at a cost reduction of about $500,000. He said $350,000 will be saved by the removal of a direct dealing grievance, $175,000 by the removal of an additional 34 grievances and complaints, and $14,000 by the June tentative agreement.

The union has been criticized Finizio on several occasions, in particular his decision to . In a political update earlier this year, union political director Chuck Flynn said Finizio has .

Finizio also decided , later hiring former New Haven assistant police chief to take his place. Captains William Dittman and Michael Lacey , but later after the City Council necessary to meet the retirement agreements. These suits have since been .

Lynch also , saying the chief has acted in a retaliatory fashion due to his criticism. This case has been transferred to federal court.

Of the grievances and complaints settled by the agreement, Lynch and Dittman each filed six while Lacey filed one.

Finizio has fired two police officers— and —since taking office. Finizio said Bergeson was fired due to frequent absences and his disciplinary history, while Northup was fired after an incident last August in which he off Bank Street. As part of the agreements, the city agreed to remove any objections to the appeal of these terminations.

The new agreement awards four compensation days to each bargaining unit member, to be used in the 2013 fiscal year. These days may substitute previously scheduled vacation days but cannot create overtime. Finizio said these will offset the savings realized in other parts of the agreement by $85,000.

The agreement also adds the stipulation that police union employees on leave under the Family Medical Leave Act are responsible for payment of their full medical coverage during the use of any authorized leave without pay.

Lynch said the union’s executive committee met on the agreement this afternoon and the total membership was informed of it as well.

June agreement

Ten police employees in May. Finizio said at that time that it would be necessary to fire the employees and leave 11 positions vacant in order for the department to meet a .

An initial tentative agreement in June rescinded this decision and promised that no layoffs would occur in the department in the 2013 fiscal year. This agreement also promised to and maintain them during the 2013 fiscal year, have Glover and Lynch meet to resolve grievances and complaints,  and have the union agree to support the as well as the city’s budget during any .

Finizio said the City Council is not required to approve the agreements, as it did in the case of an , as they not require any supplemental funding or budget transfers.

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Jeff Brown August 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Seems like the balls really starting to roll. Good job to all involved ! Keep up the good work!
Mark Greene August 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Please explain "He said $350,000 will be saved by the removal of a direct dealing grievance, $175,000 by the removal of an additional 34 grievances and complaints" Were these expenses actually budgeted for or is this a hypothetical situation that really doesn't save the tax payer anything? Is there money allocated for "what if we lose the grievance" fund? And the 4 comp days are laughable as long as they don't cause OT. No one can get anytime off now without calling out. There are usually only 3 on the street which is the new "schedule" which puts them and us at risk. Fiz, the horses are running out of the barn, but you're still asleep.
Paul August 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
It would be a real step forward if we could get rid of "TODD LYNCH" for ever....
Chip Smith August 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM
They don't have to worry about lay offs. They are all running out of there like the place is on fire. .....stand by.......
lion king August 25, 2012 at 12:52 AM
wow ,lynch filed six complaints,how many complaints were filed against himself,than were put through a process that his buddies were to investagate ,this may be a step in the right direction ,now the CPRC needs to be revamped ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Spencer August 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
How do you save a million dollars in overtime--if you still have the same number of police officers working all of the time??????
Kenneth R. Lewis August 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM
This is a joke as much as Daryl and his administration is a joke. We have an administration screaming about budgets and cuts looming if the community votes no on the referendum, threats to close the senior center and other outrageous cuts. But we pay police officers overtime to go sailing on a lovely Sunday afternoon, then we give each police officer 4 comp days at a cost of $85,000. Does this make any sense from a fiscal perspective? On top of that the former director of personnel Bernadette Welch is still being paid by the city. Remember she, she is the one that did the direct dealing with the police union on both ocassions. She incurred the expense. Why would Daryl and his administration keep her on at all. How irresponsible an act is that? What does she have on Daryl? The community cannot afford Daryl and his style of financial mismanagement any longer. We need to "VOTE NO" on the budget on September 18th and send a clear message, no more back room deals that cost us money, no more sailing on overtime by any city employees, no more threats to the most vulnerable in our community. Enough is enough! Accountability and transparency!
Kenneth R. Lewis August 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Time for the people of New London to take back control of their city and how their taxes money is spent.
William MacDonald August 25, 2012 at 02:16 PM
These sophomoric "monumental" announcements are getting tedious in lieu of real transparency and leadership. There is really no choice left for responsible property owners other than a full blown tax revolt Sept. 18th. Everyone prod your neighbors to get out, vote, and make a stand!!!
Debbie August 25, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Why did Police union president (Lynch) not offer these savings at the beginning of fiscal year along with Police Chief (Ackley)?? I'm sure union president was against it due to dealing with a female Police Chief he did not like! Shame time was wasted on his part. Just wondering about the chap that continues to surround New London politics and union leaders. Is it finally over or just beginning?
Mark Greene August 25, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Just beginning.
Felicia Hendersen August 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Debbie, Everything is not about race, sexual bias, sexual orientation or community standing. The Chief was the one that the grievances were filed against. The chief was the one that violated the collective bargaining agreement also known as the contract. Maybe the chief was unwilling to work this out or even negotiate with the male union president. Did she do that because she is a woman and did not want to follow the contract because the majority of the police officers are men? How ridiculous does that sound? I think from the standpoint of personal integrity it looks better for the chief that she be viewed as completely incapable of running the police department rather than a sexist woman trying to screw over the men that work for her. What do you think Debbie?
lion king August 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
wow ,mr lynch dont look happy in the pic ,so sorry he cant run around looking for support to trouble a police dept that may be going in the right direction,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, vote down the budget and rid the k9 unit down to one cop and dog and no lynch dont have my vote ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,go do your job boys and girls or as chippy says run out
Get Real September 03, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Lion King, Grab a vest and join the force. Stop running your mouth and jump in the ring. With your vast knowledge and experience, I am sure it would be a great asset to the force. Better yet, leave the work to those that are willing to protect those that only bash them until they need them. Sleep tight while the cops are on the road where the shootings are taking place.
Kitty Crow September 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I'm not sure why union president Todd Lynch agreed to dismiss so many issues. But, I wonder if it has anything to do with rumor...Lynch is leaving NLPD in December to go work for Dittman at the casino. Another rumor has Sgt George Potts leaving in October for Stonington PD. WAKE UP NEW LONDON FIRE,, CHIEF ACKLEY BEFORE SHE IS THE ONLY COP LEFT AT NLPD. Do you want her on the beat???????? It would be a new thing for her.....ha ha ha
Felicia Hendersen September 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Daryl has no concept of the long term damage that his decisions will have neither does he care. He knows he is a one term mayor. He will move on and those that know New London as home will have to deal with the problems created by Daryl. So much for his non-essential hiring freeze. Parking enforcement person more essential than police officers with the violent crime increasing daily. Just Brilliant!

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