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Byzantine Civil Service Fight in New Orleans Leads to 20 Percent Raises for Police Officers

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There's an ongoing fight in New Orleans over policies related to public employees. Apparently the mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has tried to implement changes under the "Great Place to Work Initiative." The changes would increase the minimum wage for public employees to $10.10, make it easier to give employees pay raises, and loosen rules requiring hiring managers consider the best qualified candidates for a position. Nevertheless, multiple public unions sued over the initiative, arguing it made the city's civil service less competitive.

The Civil Service Commission originally approved the proposal in August, and earlier this month voted on unspecified changes behind closed doors it said were meant to knock the wind out of lawsuits. No details were made available. After a few weeks of criticism, the Commission decided to vote again, though it has not been transparent about what exactly it voted in favor of the first or second time around. At this week's meeting, however, the Commission also addressed cop pay. As The Lens reports:

Later in the meeting, the commission approved a 20 percent pay raise for police officers, based on a recommendation from the Civil Service Department staff. Under the proposal, officers would receive a 10 percent bump next year, to be followed by 5 percent increases in years two and three.

Landrieu's 2015 budget proposal, however, only accounts for a 5 percent increase, and Landrieu has not committed to continued raises in 2016 and 2017. Funding for the raises will ultimately have to be allocated by the City Council.

Will Landrieu accommodate the generous raise in exchange for less opposition to his attempt to take more control over who is hired to public jobs? No matter who wins, New Orleans residents lose.

The New Orleans Police Department did not face any serious reforms despite a decades-long negative image reinforced by the actions of some cops during and after Hurricane Katrina. A few months ago, cops shot a man they pulled over in the head and "forgot" to tell the media who shot him.

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  1. A: What’s a raise?

    2: Who in hell has ever gotten 20% on anything? Is 20% even a thing?

    1. I had changes in pay of that size – when I changed jobs, moving from one employer to another. While staying in a single title I tend to get 0% and negatives.

      1. My best raise ever was when I got laid off from a 24K/yr job and found a 45k/yr job somewhere else.

        Oh, you meant without shopping around.

        1. I got a 10K raise when I was bumped from junior to intermediate software engineer. Since then I’ve seen two cost of living raises. That was six years ago.

        2. I just went from about $45k to $70k because I shopped around. Its hard in my industry (NYC bar/restaurant) though. I certainly got lucky. Basically went from managing 2 spots in BK to 1 in Manhattan. Longer hours though, 60/wk.

  2. Apparently the mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has tried to implement changes under the “Great Place to Work Initiative.”

    Wait. This initiative is pointed at getting people to work not just in the city but for the city? That makes very little sense.

  3. Is everyone named Landrieu who’s in government a flaming, fucking retard?

    Wait, I know the answer…

    1. The phenomenon extends beyond people named Landrieu.

      1. YOU ARE NOT OF THE BODY!
        http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net…..ection.jpg

    2. And besides, Landrieu Calrissian wasn’t a complete retard.

      1. He wasn’t in government. He was the administrator of a privately-held city.

        1. Cloud city was libertopia?

      1. You think I’m fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I’m here from downtown. I’m here for Mitch and Mary.

  4. The New Orleans Police Department did not face any serious reforms despite a decades-long negative image reinforced by the actions of some cops during and after Hurricane Katrina.

    Uhm, no, The Big Easy’s police force is one of the most famously corrupt agencies in the country, going back WAY before Katrina. In the 70s, the Police Chief (Commandant) was one of the most powerful people in the city, and had an entourage that supposedly rivaled the Pope’s, and he would be greeted and treated almost like a third world dictator.

    During the 80s the corruption was so bad, and so rampant, the police were openly discussing on their radios murdering a woman who had filed a complaint against the police for roughing up her brother. She was murdered by an officer several hours later.

    1. Did anything else happen?

      1. Well, the officer in question followed procedures, so presumably he went home safely after that.

      2. Assuming it’s the one I think I’m remembering (though this was the early 90s), it was so brazen that even the cops couldn’t cover it up, and there was actually a capital murder conviction.

        http://www.nola.com/crime/inde…..icted.html

  5. Later in the meeting, the commission approved a 20 percent pay raise for police officers, based on a recommendation from the Civil Service Department staff.

    Let me guess: this was sold as a way to attract “better candidates” for the PD, but they have no intention of firing everyone currently on the payroll and offering them the opportunity to reapply.

    So they are rewarding the current crop of crooks and bullies, and the quality of NOPD will not improve in the slightest.

  6. Do they include what they steal in their base pay,or is that just a bonus? Maybe the IRS need to look at them and leave Boris alone.

  7. Also, “Byzantine Civil Service Fight” is the title of my band’s next release, so THANKS FOR RIPPING US OFF, KRAYEWSKI.

    1. Thanks to Gov. Jay Nixon, my band’s next album will be called “Vis-a-Vis Me” as in, “I don’t spend a tremendous amount of time personalizing this vis-a-vis me.”

  8. I’ve always said the reason the police abuse their power in this country is that they just aren’t paid enough. Wait.

  9. Was Jonathan Gruber on this commission?

  10. …cops shot a man they pulled over in the head…

    Now I a have picture in my *head* of an Andy Gump being towed on a trailer.

    I’m sorry, I should go play darts at the pub.

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    ?????? http://www.payinsider.com

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