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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Mayor Weisner Announces Layoffs for Aurora Police

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner announced they will layoff 8 police officers from the patrol division, effective January 1, 2011.

The action, according to the city, is due to the $18 million budget deficit for next year.  All officers are members of APPO, the rank-n-file members of the Aurora Police Union who patrol the streets.  One officer is currently serving in the Army Reserve.

APPO's President Dave Schmidt noted this action was taken prior to a budget being presented or any solutions by the administration on cutting spending or other projects before cutting public safety.  The budget is required to be provided to the Aurora City Council for review by October 15th of every year pursuant to city ordinance and code.

Carie Ergo, city spokesperson, says the reason APPO's members were targeted for layoffs was because they would not voluntarily agree to concessions on wage freezes while the other unions in the city are in discussions.

The union that represents upper management for the police department (different than APPO) also has not agreed to any wage concessions, but no layoffs were targeted toward them.

Last week, APPO staged a protest in collaboration with Naperville Police officers at the Aurora City Council meeting.

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a lie that the city is paying for school resource officers as Ego stated in the paper. Weisner recently had a meeting with all the local school districts and said they would have to pay or lose the officers. At the same time he appoints Katerman & Moga to $85,000 a year jobs to bring in economic development when there is no development going on. I hope Moga and Katterman can make house calls when residents need a cop. Talk about taking care of your friends at the expense of the children and residents

Anonymous said...

Now we will see just how powerful/effective the police union is.

Anonymous said...

What a shame the Chief, some Captains, Lieutenants or other high-ranked police couldn't have made concessions or have taken a pay cut to have circumvented these layoffs. I feel sorry for the all the officers laid-off just before Christmas and especially the officer that's serving our country and doesn't yet even know he has no job to come back to.

Anonymous said...

The police and every city employee should make concessions. That said the Mayor should not stick it to all the hard working city employees by promoting friends. Two positions at $85,000 when no business is growing. Economic development is at a stand still. He is just taking care of his friends until he leaves office. I am not for or against the police if other city employees need a cut then so do they. But Katterman & Moga who knows nothing about economic development is just rubbing salt into all city employees.

Anonymous said...

It used to be that an employee on military leave was guaranteed, by law, to have his job back when he returned. Has that changed? I wonder if the mayor had Alayne check that out.

Anonymous said...

I agree that we need to keep all the APD officers we can...but if the rank and file can't take a cut for their "brother/sisters" in blue, why do they expect anything from others?
ALL city employees need to take the cut..Mayor could use a 20% cut..and Carie Ann.
The APD protested, went into the meeting, jeered the Mayor when he was talking and walked out...that fueled the fire and brought out the vindictiveness (that Weisner is know for). It would have been better if they had just stood up while he talked, let him finish, then SILENTLY walked out..that would have made a statement. Shouting did not.
We have a Mayor that hates the APD..fact, not fiction. He demonstrates it over and over.
Time to get rid of Weisner (and don't say make Lawrence the Mayor..he's anti everything and just as bad).
We need something/someone fresh..willing to work for and with the city..not against it..like current officials.

Anonymous said...

And that "fresh" person is NOT Linda Chapa Lavia. She is part of the mess in Springfield and now she wants to bring your incompetence to Aurora.

Anonymous said...

Have you dumbshits figured out that Leroy Keith, your favorite (undeserved) whipping boy is relocating to Georgia this month, freeing up his seat? Maybe you need another week to get it.

Helleuva "news" organization you are, assholes, everyone knows it.

You ("openline") are are a few dumb, stupid, fucks that have no idea what ids actually going on,so please don't portray your grand selves as other.

Anonymous said...

The Mayor has his pay as Mayor,his pay as a director on the board of toll road authority, and his retirement from the City of Aurora.

Looks like about 500 Thousand a year, coming in and this is what is going to be carried on in retirement. When the Mayor leaves Office.

Where are the aldermen on these important issue,concerning yours and my family safety.

Anonymous said...

Who has the sewer cleaning contract with the city?

Anonymous said...

Arm up my brothas, it is gonna B a wild ride.

First, this is all Weisner fault.

The overages on the PALACE alone would have more than made up for this difference, prevented these layoffs, the furlough days for the other city employees and layoffs that have taken place and those that are to come.

Not only that but the palace's overages alone would have left the city with a huge surplus even with all the other stupid crazy spending this loser and his minions have done.

Anonymous said...

I wanna know if these moron's in City hall will now reverse their stupid anti second amendment law so we can, at least take care of our personal protection ourselves since they are now getting rid of the police force.

Anonymous said...

Weisner's police palace and other stupid wasteful spending caused this mess. The city council except Lawrence have been nothing but a rubber stamp for Weisner but when Lawrence could have made a difference by running for mayor he chickened out. What a mess.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else know that Weisner named the park across the Water Street Mall from city hall, "Mundy Park"? Since when did we start naming public properties for the mayor's cronies? How much does one need to pay to get a park named after him?

Anonymous said...

Fact check-

The place has been named Mundi park since about 1995. That was two Mayor's ago.

Anonymous said...

"Little Tommy" does in fact hate the Aurora Police. He was a player in the group that brought WADMAN to Aurura to break the union in the late 80's/early 90's.
I know for a fact he constantly approached a retired police officer(SERGEANT) and begged him to get Wayne Biles and APPO to support him when he ran the first time.
He also lied when he told a retired police chief and captain to tell the retired police officers to vote for him and he wouldn't screw with their health insurance. That was five years ago and screws us every year.
Hang in there APPO. We've survived for over 30 years and will survive 30 more.
The Ferret II

Anonymous said...

3:35: You mean Brent and Beatus, right? They swallowed Weisner's BS hook, line and sinker and shouted down Biles and O'Neil at the retirees dinner when they tried to tell the retirees the REAL truth about the health insurance. Now all of the retirees, too late, know the real truth.

Anonymous said...

APPO thinks that anyone who will not give them everything that they want hates them.

Stover started by giving them everything they requested. APPO's demeand grew to a point that even Stover could not meet their demands. They ended up hating him.

Only spoiled brats expect everything that they demand and through tantrums when refused.

Anonymous said...

Hey, here's a novel idea. Since when does a Mayor who has no clue in preparing a budget need 6 assistants. Appearently none of them have a clue either, so why not dump 3 or 4 of them. That would save a couple hundred thou right there.

Anonymous said...

since a chicago law firm is doing all the city's legal work, why should taxpayers be footing the bill for a so called corporation consul

Anonymous said...

Weisner looks like a dirty hobo with that beard. Or a Santa after too much whiskey.

This clown isn't running again is he ? When is his term up ?

Anonymous said...

Hey APPO:

Isn't it time for one of your work slow downs? You know, what you spoiled children usually do when you don't like a Mayor's decision? You know the drill, leave us hanging while you go home to Elburn and Kendall County.

Anonymous said...

I think you'd be surprised how many APPO members live in Aurora, and in every part of town

Anonymous said...

Bull! We would be shocked to see the number of APPO and ASA members that live in North Aurora, Batavia, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Yorkville, Big Rock, Sugar Grove, Lake Holiday and unicorporated Kane, Kendall and LaSalle Counties. Let's publish those figures!

Anonymous said...

Time for a nose dive in law enforcement efforts by the APD. They've done it several times before when they have sniveled about their contract. How does their big union respond to that? Do you need more officers and brass to keep up with your past success in getting everyone to slow down the work?

Anonymous said...

7:34

S0,?? Confused.......Last time I checked, this was America, and a US citizen can decide for themselves where they live, not their employer, or the fascist government. Living where you choose is one of the last rights left in this country and should not be a condition of your employment. You must come from a long lineage of the Stalin family, eh? Go back to Russia my friend.

Anonymous said...

kind of like the freedom to be part of a work slowdown. It doesn't matter much when you go home to the plains, woods and prairies of another community.

Anonymous said...

7:49

Sounds like you have a good handle on this work slow down thing. Do tell. Who is slowing down, you know the basics, Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? . Give specifics, sounds like you are in the know.

Anonymous said...

kind of like the freedom to stand outside of a public meeting and bang sticks together and yell while kids who live in Aurora along with their parents and grandparents are sitting inside inside in the City Council Chamber receiving their jack frost awards having to listen to it.

Anonymous said...

Confirmed. you are a fascist. No free speech for you. Now go home, and listen to the government. Run along jr.

Anonymous said...

kind of like the freedom to deny that there have been work slowdowns when the figures were provided by the APD and published in the paper.

Anonymous said...

Hey, how is the Aurora United Way doing?

Anonymous said...

Hey.... I've been monitoring this blog for awhile and ther sure are some curious comments being made. I was hoping poster 8:04 could help me out. How do the police "slow down" in this town. Seems impossible to me. Could you explain?

Anonymous said...

Pair charged with aggravated battery with a weapon
Nov 30, 2010 09:30AM
ShareBuzz up!E-MailPrintMonserrat Arreola, 24, 600 block of Montrose Drive, Romeoville, and Jean Faison, 24, of the 200 block of Trask Street, Aurora, were charged with felonies aggravated battery with a weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and unlawful restraint at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at their homes, Aurora police said.

Sure looks dangerous lately. Nice job getting the bad guys Aurora Police!

Anonymous said...

like the right to work against every mayor from jack hill to tom weisner. Heck, you even turned against dave stover in his second term. nothing is ever good enough for the APD.

Anonymous said...

like the right to use more sick days per employee than any other department at the City. yeah, that one was supported by facts from the city's payroll office and reported in the news. is there conspiracy against you here also?

Anonymous said...

like the right to be fooled into believing that 'surrendering' half of your guaranteed overtime every day and not taking half of your guaranteed yaerly clothing allowance, which you can pocket, are meaningful concessions and excuse you from coming to the table and discussing wages and benefits during the worst economic time since the great depression.

Anonymous said...

8:20-

Your own chief explained three and a half years ago that he may have been born at nite but not last nite. that was the last slow down and powell was quoted in the paper when asked about it point blank.

Anonymous said...

like the right to walk out of a city council meeting like a bunch of whining babies crying and making childish comments directed toward the elected officials.

Anonymous said...

??????

Weird. See post 8:20. Please explain. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Rights or responsibilities?

Anonymous said...

9:22

Re-writing the constitution are we?

Anonymous said...

Hey I just saw one of the Mayor's thugs running down the street with his tail between his legs after he realized he had been talking out of ASS again.

Anonymous said...

How do the police 'slow down?' Only an APPO or ASA hack would feign ignorance and ask that question.

Work slow downs have been a union tactic against management for many years.

Like at Caterpillar in the 90's, where many workers only did what they were directed to by management and would only perform their jobs with specific instruction.

Your own Police Department has pulled off work slowdowns several times before.

The first was when Wadman was your chief. Ticketing, arrests, traffic stops and many other categories of police responsibility went way down. We know that you did not like like Wadman or Pierce but the fact remains that you did take part in a work slow down.

The Beacon published your performance results if you want to check it out. It was widely acknowledged as a work show slowdown by all of us on the outside.

At least two other times after that, you have engaged in similar tactics. Once more under Dave Pierce and once again under Weisner.

The last one under Weisner was reported to have been urged by some officers attending a union meeting with some of them loudly encouraging it.

The slowdown and downturn in many police responsibilities were documented in the newspaper. Some of the officers being quoted said that they were still giving 'oral warnings' for certain offenses which could not be documented.

Reading about those events did wonders to increase our confidence in your professionalism. There was no excuse for it, not matter how much you disliked or disagreed with your leadership or the elected officials.

Anonymous said...

Were the results you mention provided by Police records or some reporter's made up figures.

Anonymous said...

Let's set the record straight.
APPO had a great relationship with Jack Hill. He was always honest and upfront with us. He and Bob Murphy were a pleasure to work with. Jack was the first to recognize APPO as the bargaining agent for the police department. He would always tell us I've got this much money, you decide how you want to use it. Wages, insurance , or other benefits,it's up to you.
We got along with Dave Pierce pretty well. It did turn sour when he brought in WADMAN. Pierce was sometimes tough to deal with but you had to respect him and most of the times he treated us fairly.
Never was involved in bargaining with Dave Stover but worked with him and for him. Personally and professionally, Dave Stover treated the department fairly.

"The Ferret II"

Anonymous said...

The last one under Weisner was reported to have been urged by some officers attending a union meeting with some of them loudly encouraging it.

What date time, what officers, what was precisely said? This is a big story. You need to come forward with your FACTS.

I'll watch the papers for you. Heck u can just post here.

Anonymous said...

Dudes, hows come everytime you ask the one police bashing guy for facts he runs away? Too funny!

Anonymous said...

Who ever is saying the cops didn't get along with Stover is a idiot. Stover never negotiated a contract. He hired a person to negotiate the contract both times and he and the city council had to approve it. They respected him as Mayor and he didn't jack with the Police Chief like Pierce did with Stover when he was Chief. And that was why Stover would have crushed Pierce in an election. Pierces other problem is he had that snake Weisner working for him. Weinser slithered away and stuck it to ole' Pierce. Too bad Stover didn't cut Weisners head off back then. I think if Stover knew Weisner would survive to pull this B.S. he wold have. If the Beacon reported both sides of the story fairly citizens would understand why the cops are standing firm. They want to help-and they are now, but Weisner CANNOT BE TRUSTED to keep his word. Final Answer! He's lying now or paying Carrie Anne EGO to lie for him and he's defiantly winning with the Beacon Readers cause Ole' Andre is too lazy or scared to do any real quality reporting. I think if the lack of manpower, increased response times and the eventual overtime that will have to be paid to cover the laid off 8 so Lisner can punish the uprising would be TRULY reported people would see how idiotic Weisners plan is. But laying off is the only weapon he's got . They had to pay overtime this year to cover the Furlough days that other P.D. employees took. Great Plan! Not going to hear Ergp brag about that. I'm sure if Leisner played fair and they could get something in writing like they did with the current concessions they are giving(and are not even thanked for) they may agree to something. If not it will truly cost the city more money. Penny wise, pound foolish-cutting off his nose to spite his face.

Anonymous said...

The APPO should file FOIA requests for all the overtime that was paid at APD last year for the furlough days and for being understaffed. They can also file FOIA requests for all the info that the forensic accountant could not obtain. If the city does not provide the info within a set number of days, then they have to explain to the state attorney general why they didn't.

Anonymous said...

The good news about Weisner is that in his last colonoscopy all they found were the heads of most of the Aldermen.Yes Sir Massuh!!!!

Anonymous said...

3:47-

That is what the Beacon reported. Older officers were encouraging the younger ones to do a work slow down at a union meeting. Ask the reporter's sources for names and the when's and where's.

When asked if the police were involved in a work slowdown, after viewing the numbers of arrests and stops, and after the union skirted the question, Chief Powell replied that he wasn't born yesterday, obviously acknowledging the obvious.

The second time the police unions did a work slowdown was when Pierce was running for reelection at the end of 1996. It was about the same time that they picketed his reelection kick-off event.

The first time was covered by a deceased newspaper reporter named Frank Callahan. His article in the Beacon in the early 90's reported all of the work slowdown figures when Wadman was Chief.

Even if you detested your Chief and elected officials, that was no reason to be involved in a work slow down.

You guys must have the newspaper articles posted somewhere on your clubhouse wall.

Anonymous said...

12:57

Here's a little advice. Don't ever become a lawyer, or anything that involves fact finding.

I heard from one guy, that heard it from his brother's uncle who is now dead, that a pink elephant flew over Aurora.

It must be true

Anonymous said...

But those work slowdowns were true. Only a union lackey would disagree and your organization is capable of another.

Anonymous said...

12:57 doesn't need to be a lawyer. Facts were reported in the paper based upon info provided by APD. The last time, Chief Powell acknowledged a work slow down and was quoted about it. Nothing else is necessary.

Anonymous said...

3:09

Just so you know, ole chief powel was far from the sharpest tool in the shed. He has a high school diploma and was appointed to the position. get it

Anonymous said...

So what if that's your petty opinion? APD has still taken part in organized work slowdowns.

No amount of juvenile discrediting or insistence upon the findings of the Warren Commission will change that fact.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone out there think that the APD will do another work slowdown to protest recent labor decisions?

Will we see more squad cars parked in the backs of parking lots side by side talking for an hour or more?

Please know that if you have a high school diploma, you can still weigh in on this issue. So can the duller tools in the shed as mentioned by a previous poster.

This is an all inclusive quest for responses.

Thank you,
Paul Gallup

Anonymous said...

Hardy har har to all.

Anonymous said...

How clever ! Build a $130 million POLICE PALACE that eats up the budget so we can no longer afford to employ police.

That's a major "DUH".

Ralph said...

Having read all the entries that call relieve of the tax burden on the Aurora Citizens. And a few bashing the Police and Mayor.

Mayor I live in Aurora and vote Please sit down with the Police and come up with a way to save the Officers.

Please we do not need our dirty Laundry open to all eyes outside the City. I used to work with the orginal ferret and see that someone at the PD is raising him again, please sit down with the men and women and work out the problems.

Sgt. Ralph (retired)

Anonymous said...

7:19

They tried that

Anonymous said...

All this bickering could be solved by electing a former APD officer to be Mayor. By doing that the Police Union would get whatever they wanted and there would be no labor unrest.