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Iron Mountain Police Sergeants, Patrol join POLC for unity

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 20, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Iron Mountain Police Sergeants and Patrol Officers missed the unity of negotiating contracts together with the Lieutenants.

“Being a small department, we’re all going to get the same thing and ask for the same thing and we might as well be all together – two separate units represented by one organization,” said Iron Mountain Police K9 Sgt. Adam Ray, President of the local Patrolmen and Sergeants unit.

The 10-member group, which was represented by a different union, joined the Police Officers Labor Council (POLC) this spring to reunite with Iron Mountain Police Lieutenants in negotiations. The Lieutenants became POLC members several decades before and have been pleased with their change in representation.

“The Lieutenants unit left the former union to go to POLC and we stayed until we decided to switch as well,” Sgt. Ray said.

The Sergeants and Patrolmen voted to join POLC and were certified in April 2020. Sgt. Ray said POLC Labor Rep. Hal Telling was their primary reason for changing representation.

“I met Hal when he was up visiting with the Lieutenant (Local Union) President and I talked to him for a while. He seemed like a really nice guy that would look into the best interests of us as a unit,” Sgt. Ray said. “Even before, while we were still with our former union, Hal answered some questions for me that I was unable to get answers for.”

Sgt. Ray said the group is looking forward to negotiations with unified POLC representation. “The ease of negotiating is one of the reasons why we switched,” he said.

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