Team McNesby Accomplishments
[Contract Award] [Political] [Services to the Membership] [Legislation: Prompted or Supported]
[Philadelphia’s Economy] [Our Survivors] [Citizen Soldiers]
2009-2014 Contract Award Issued on December 18, 2009
- This comprehensive award improves the pay and maintains the benefits of Lodge 5 members for five (5) years. Included in the award was removal of the residency rule for Police Officers, the implementation of a catastrophic leave (vacation time) bank, penalty to the City for overnight court notices, equalization of overtime, purchase of on duty weapons, annual funding of the education fund, four (4) million dollars a year for the retiree trust, increase in the funding of the FOP legal fund, improvement in the straight time payments for Commanders working certain days.
Services to the Membership
- Endorsement of an extremely qualified viable candidate for the Office of District Attorney and provided that candidate with assistance in his campaign. The candidate prevailed in the primary election and rolled in a landslide to victory in the November 3rd general election.
- Substantial success with the other FOP endorsed candidates in the November 3, 2009 General Election , including election of City Controller, two Municipal Court Judges, one an FOP member, six Common Pleas Judges and statewide: two Superior Court judges and one Commonwealth Court judge.
- Active campaign to unseat sitting Philadelphia Municipal Court judge seeking retention that disrespected and defamed a Philadelphia Police Officer recently killed in the line of duty. This resulted in a positive outcome of this active campaign when the Judge conceded he was wrong and apologized to the family of the deceased officer in writing.
- Substantial positive interaction and teamwork with Labor leaders from the other City workers unions because of the tenacious fight for the passage of HB1828.
- The mobilization, within 48 hours of notification, over the Labor Day holiday, of the membership of Lodge 5 to attend the September 8, 2009, statewide rally in Harrisburg against HB1828. Each of the attendees was provided a $50 surprise stipend for their prompt participation in the rally. This was announced on the floor of the BOD Meeting, 9-22-2009.
- Maintenance of positive relationships with the leaders of Philadelphia’s trade and service unions.
Legislation: Prompted or supported
- Faithfully attending the hundreds of various and diverse events related to our members and their families whether organized by the FOP or FOP members or the community whenever and wherever they occur
- Refurnished and refurbished IAB Lobby waiting area and also the shooting room within the shooting team offices
- Election of Lodge 5 VP Roosevelt Poplar to the position of State FOP VP-resulting in vastly improved relations with the Pennsylvania State Lodge
- Women's Auxiliary group started and running with a full slate of Executive Board members
- Grief and stress counseling for families-especially children over recent shootings and loss of Lodge 5 members
- Sick Leave Conversation-upward changes in payout percentages allowing members to purchase more medical upon retirement. This would virtually assure that a member who builds his/her sick leave throughout their service would get "life time medical" upon retirement
- 2008 Contract Award-Retro Promotion of deceased officers-your medical protected-increase in longevity percentages
- Additional Life-voluntary life insurance coverage-paid thru payroll deduction-separate from City and FOP
- Streamlined legal services for the membership-removal of inefficient systems-improvements in delivery
- Centralized retirement watch ceremonies-so that no member is left out
- Recognition of our 50 year members
- Disbursals under the Pension Adjustment Fund-Survivors are eligible
- Interim award from Neutral Arbitrator Colflesh to award longevity and other raises after City put moratorium on such increments after July 1, 2009
- Member phone call program-continuous calls to the membership by other Lodge 5 members about their concerns and questions that may not be addressed otherwise
- E-Mail/Text information alert system for important information distribution to the membership
- Hall and Lounge rentals expanding
- Lounge appearance improvements with new TVs and sound system
- Lounge events more diverse with Mo-Town and SALEA specific nights expanded
- Coats for Kids Project-a great success
- Lodge solicitation-done internally-more of the money is kept by Lodge 5
- Revitalized Peace Officer periodical, now in color
- Hero Plaque program continues with 77 such plaques completed as of November, 2009
- Partnership w/Univ. of PA for peer counseling program
- "Wills for Heroes Program"
- Needed changes in Lodge 5 finances involving directly paid per capita
- Seamless transition of a new Executive Board member when a trustee resigned
- Installation of the Money Access Center (MAC) machine at the FOP with subscription funds for the machine being returned to the Lodge
- Held periodic and ongoing meetings with our Ethnic, Fraternal and Social organizations throughout the term; updating them and keeping them aware of the issues affecting their members.
- Uniform changes involving shirts and jackets, positively impacting the membership allowing patrol officers to be more comfortable with less maintenance on their existing uniforms. This is an ongoing process with continual improvement planned.
- Bill 1845 signed at Lodge 5 by Governor Rendell-which was spearheaded by our attack on the parole board
- Bill recently introduced for Repeat Violent Offenders by State Rep. Brendan Boyle
- Bill 1828, in its original form, is supported to ease the economic burden on the City. Bill passes the (Democratic Majority) House, however in the (Republican controlled) Senate has added many amendments relating to pensions and collective bargaining that are not in the best interests of current and future employees. This bill as amended from its original form would have broken the backs of our current member’s pensions and put our new hires in a different plan which is totally unacceptable. The passage as amended would have done as serious damage to our membership.
- A battle is waged with the Senate and the offending amendments are removed.
- Bill 1828 (on 9-17-2009) passes in the Senate 32-17, with the 17 nays all Republicans, after tireless efforts by the Executive Board of Lodge 5 in Harrisburg.
- This bill then signed by the Governor prevents layoffs (of City employees) and promised drastic cuts in city services.
- Waging the same battle now with City Council with pensions as was successfully fought in Harrisburg over 1828.
- Introduction by FOP endorsed Representative Brendan Boyle of House Bill 1938, with the Senate version being Senate Bill 369 “the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act” providing for a monthly benefit, equal to the first responder’s monthly salary at the time of death, adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index paid to the designated family member of a Police Officer (and other public safety personnel) for a line of duty death. This bill was passed as SB 369, signed by the Governor and became Public Law “ACT 51 of 2009.”
- Worked hard and succeeded in having the Pennsylvania State FOP Conference brought to Philadelphia to be held August 8-12, 2010 with official and public recognition of this economic initiative by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
- We now have the most successful Survivor’s Luncheons and Survivor’s Benefits on record
- Hero Thrill Show has grown each year after being rescued from planned termination of the event
- We have provided and continue to provide services to the families of six PPD officers, who have been killed in the line of duty, since November 1, 2007.
- Continued services to the families of two other officers killed prior to that time.
- Render assistance, as needed around the state and region to other Lodges, PBA’s and Police Departments in reference to officer’s killed or wounded in the line of duty. Pittsburgh PD (Mayhle, Kelly, Sciullo) and Middletown Township (Jones), Bucks County PD, Pennsylvania State Police (Miller)
- Acceleration of Survivor’s Fund fund raising activities, including involving Philadelphia’s cultural institutions such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and local businesses separate from the Annual Survivor’s Fund benefit
- Promoting increased awareness of the plight of the Survivor’s of Philadelphia Police Officer s killed in the line of duty
- Support of the Mid-Atlantic Survivor’s Law Enforcement Survivor’s Weekend, held in North Wildwood as they honor our Survivor’s
- Annual delivery of Thanksgiving meal baskets to our Survivor’s
- Recognizing the citizen soldiers of our membership and their families while they are deployed on military leave and away from home with tangible support such as care packages