Unify the unions
Aug 17, 2016 | 12006 views | 0 0 comments | 576 576 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Police must clarify their communications in the post-Bratton era by consolidating their unions to reach us with a single voice, not five.

New York's Finest are represented by separate unions for patrol officers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains and detectives. New Yorkers don't know who really speaks for all cops. Is it Pat Lynch, Ed Mullins or one of the other three union chiefs?

Firefighters, corrections officers and sanitation workers have one union. Why do cops need five based on rank, pay grade, assignments and dress codes? They win turf battles, but lose the war for public support.

In the 1930's, two unions fought to represent workers: The American Federation of Labor and The Congress of Industrial Organizations. They merged to form a more powerful force, the AFL-CIO.

Solidarity wins wars, separatism suffers defeat. One voice speaks louder than five.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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