I alluded to it in today’s column.
So here it is: Open letter to voters Mesasure AB
The police union seems to feel it was not treated as a partner in the Measure A and B process. I would have asked police union President Kathryn Nance about that, had she agreed to be interviewed; I did ask City Manager Bob Deis about it.
“I don’t lock anybody out,” Deis replied. But, “There’s some things things I don’t negotiate with labor. I negotiate terms and conditions of employment with labor. I don’t negotiate the budget. I don’t negotiate the people’s business. Especially when it involves citizens’ oversight of a tax measure.”
All the other unions seem to have put the budget crisis and the compensation cuts behind them. The Stockton Firefighters and the City’s largest union, Stockton City Employees Association (SCEA) are supporting Measures A and B. That reflects really well on them. It is a pity the Stockton Police Officers Association is not part of the solution.