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City Reponds to Police Unions Allegations of Unwillingness to Meet

The City of Saginaw offers the following statement in response to allegations of the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) and the Command Officers Association of Michigan (COAM) that the City is unwilling to meet with them to discuss the restructuring of the Saginaw Police Department and related personnel costs.

At the direction of the City Council, the City Manager and his Management Team began working on setting up meetings with POAM and COAM in December 2012. Meetings were held and proposals exchanged in January 2013. Unfortunately, on January 31, 2013, the City received a letter from James A. Tignanelli, Business Agent for the Police Officers Association of Michigan, stating “I do not believe it would be an efficient use of time for any of the affected parties to meet again … “. Despite the unions’ unwillingness, the City has continued its concerted effort to keep all lines of communication open including ongoing discussions with union officials, and the exchange of proposals.

Dennis Jordan, Director of Employee Services, said "The City has been meeting or corresponding with Local Police Union officials at least once or twice a month since last December with an exchange of ideas and proposals. The City is looking for cost saving solutions through operational efficiencies or contractual concessions. Unfortunately, the proposals presented by the Unions have not provided quantifiable cost containment measures."

Darnell Earley, City Manager stated, “The proposals that we have received from POAM and COAM require the City to spend additional money that the City doesn’t have. The City of Saginaw simply cannot allow that to happen and remain solvent. We are looking for monetary concessions that can be reinvested into putting additional officers on the street. To do otherwise would be tantamount to spending money we don’t have, and thereby creating another structural budget deficit.”

Link to Letters Mentioned in Press Release

For more information contact Debbie Buck, Public Information Office at 759-1403.

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