Posted by: Jennifer Foley Posted date: July 24, 2015
— By Jennifer Foley, POJ Editor
Hazel Park Police thought the grass was greener on the other side three years ago when they left the POLC for representation by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) – they were wrong.
“We had another labor unit and we bounced them because of a litany of issues,” said Joe Lowry, Hazel Park Police Officers Association President. “We kind of had a brain farct and we thought we could catch lighting in a bottle with the other group and that wasn’t the case.”
The 27-member group voted unanimously to return to the POLC about a year ago and contract negotiations are ongoing under the direction of POLC’s new Labor Rep. Hal Telling. The contract expires June 30, 2015.
“We went with POLC because we had a relationship with them before and it worked,” Lowry said. “Contract negotiations have started and it’s going well.”
Telling has made a seamless transition representing the group, formerly represented by retired Labor Rep. Lloyd Whetstone, who is now serving in POLC’s Membership Services. “Lloyd was good and Hal seems to be fulfilling everything Lloyd has done with us. The city appreciates Lloyd’s professionalism,” Lowry said.
“I’ve been a police officer for 17 years and, all but three of them, we’ve been with POLC,” Lowry said. “We weren’t getting what we desired (from the FOP).”