Lowell police, city settle contract

Lowell police, city settle contract

There are 81 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Nov 3, 2010, titled Lowell police, city settle contract. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The city and the 230-member Lowell Police Patrolmen's Union have reached a contract settlement, concluding more than three years of negotiations.

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Dave

Lawrence, MA

#1 Nov 3, 2010
Wonderful news. With this raise maybe lowells finest can stop setting up speed traps everywhere.(In a cemetary, really?)
Deb

Montgomery, AL

#2 Nov 3, 2010
You have got to be kidding. Giving cops a bonus for fitness. Do the taxpayers agree? Man, it doesn't get better than that. These guys do nothing but harrass the people who pay their salaries with their fundraisers (aka, giving tickets instead of fighting crime). Citizens are losing all confidence in our government.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#3 Nov 3, 2010
Quite a confusingly written story. It is actually already November 2010. According to the story, the raises are effective July 1, 2010. But, we are told the raises are not retroactive. Did anyone on the apparently brain-dead Sun editorial staff realize that those two statements are mutually exclusive?

In other arithmetic-defying news, 8% over three years is now 2% a year. News flash for the Lowell Sun editors: my second grader knows that 3X2=6, not 8. Apparently, he is smarter than a Sun editor.
Lowell Taxpayer

Boston, MA

#4 Nov 3, 2010
Kudos to both the administration and the Patrolmen's Union. A fair deal all around. UTL TAKE NOTICE!!!
Amused

Lowell, MA

#5 Nov 3, 2010
Dave wrote:
Wonderful news. With this raise maybe lowells finest can stop setting up speed traps everywhere.(In a cemetary, really?)
Sorry, Dave. Now they need to raise even more money to cover the raises. Expect to see even more roving revenue agents.
copy editor

East Hampton, CT

#6 Nov 3, 2010
Poor grammar and syntax. Correct for punctuation.
Research, research, research.
Check spelling and numeration.
Reference "The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition.'

Note To Jennifer Myers: when the bosses don't hire copy editors the reporter must proofread and make revisions.
That isn't so easy when there are deadlines so request a copy editor to review the article.

Otherwise an interesting puff piece!
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#7 Nov 3, 2010
Deb wrote:
You have got to be kidding. Giving cops a bonus for fitness.
I feel the same way. It should be if an officer doesn't meet a standard for fitness they should be suspended without pay until they do. That would be an effective way to motivate them without milking the taxpayers.
The Truth

North Reading, MA

#8 Nov 3, 2010
Deb wrote:
You have got to be kidding. Giving cops a bonus for fitness. Do the taxpayers agree? Man, it doesn't get better than that. These guys do nothing but harrass the people who pay their salaries with their fundraisers (aka, giving tickets instead of fighting crime). Citizens are losing all confidence in our government.
Yes Deb, that's what the LPD are doing, NOTHING but harassing you and apparently Dave. In fact I spoke to an officer last week, and they specifically stated that they were out to get you both. Billerica citizens at their finest.....get a clue moron.
Lou

Chelmsford, MA

#9 Nov 3, 2010
Amused wrote:
Quite a confusingly written story. It is actually already November 2010. According to the story, the raises are effective July 1, 2010. But, we are told the raises are not retroactive. Did anyone on the apparently brain-dead Sun editorial staff realize that those two statements are mutually exclusive?
In other arithmetic-defying news, 8% over three years is now 2% a year. News flash for the Lowell Sun editors: my second grader knows that 3X2=6, not 8. Apparently, he is smarter than a Sun editor.
Maybe you've spent too much time amusing yourself to realize that you have to account for the extra money in the years raise every year after (which is three years). For example, two percent of 100 equals two. Then next, you take two percent of that number, which is now 102 and so on and so on. So Amused one, maybe you should realize how 2 percent, then 2 percent then 2 percent does not equal 6 percent.
groucho

Lowell, MA

#10 Nov 3, 2010
Deb wrote:
(aka, giving tickets instead of fighting crime). Citizens are losing all confidence in our government.
The ticket meant you committed the crime genious.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#11 Nov 3, 2010
Lou wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you've spent too much time amusing yourself to realize that you have to account for the extra money in the years raise every year after (which is three years). For example, two percent of 100 equals two. Then next, you take two percent of that number, which is now 102 and so on and so on. So Amused one, maybe you should realize how 2 percent, then 2 percent then 2 percent does not equal 6 percent.
Right, it equals 6.12%. Amused is a lot closer than you are.
observer

Schaumburg, IL

#12 Nov 3, 2010
Police Union got screwed in this negotiation. How could they have forgotten to ask for a yearly bonus for not losing their service revolver as well? Or receive a monthly supply of donuts for frequenting coffee shops? They at least should receive a yearly bonus for being officers. Hey Bernie, please raise our tax rates on our already defalted home values to pay for these underworked and overpaid bums. Thank you.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#13 Nov 3, 2010
Lou wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you've spent too much time amusing yourself to realize that you have to account for the extra money in the years raise every year after (which is three years). For example, two percent of 100 equals two. Then next, you take two percent of that number, which is now 102 and so on and so on. So Amused one, maybe you should realize how 2 percent, then 2 percent then 2 percent does not equal 6 percent.
OK, call me a liar for 0.12%. Next, you can explain how the contract can apparently be for the term 7/1/2007 through 6/30/2010, yet when it is signed in November 2010, the raises contained therein are NOT retroactive.
Belvidere boy

Dracut, MA

#14 Nov 3, 2010
How many out there got a raise the last 3 years? At the trough again-
really now

Billerica, MA

#15 Nov 3, 2010
Great to be an officer. You get perks form local fast food places (ie dunkins, wendys, bk all feed u free of charge) A raise at a time when most businesses have "frozen all incentives" due to a horrid economy. Still get overtime details where they get paid approximately 30-40/hr. Incredible benefits. Now physical fitness benefits too, And to think we keep cutting back our firefighters cause we cant afford them. HMMMM how is it we can afford to give police officers more and more????
union GREED ALERT

Dracut, MA

#16 Nov 3, 2010
re: "This seems to be substantially better for the city and the taxpayer, while being fair to the patrolmen," he said. The council unanimously approved the settlement.

So it is "fair" for the greedy cops, "fair" for Bernie the Looter (who already got his) and is "fair" to the City Council

what about the taxpayers?
JJJ

Lowell, MA

#17 Nov 3, 2010
The People had a chance to vote for tax rollback and to vote all theses bums out, but instead they vote Dems across the board.This state and town deserves what it gets.Instead of whining about it on Topix you should have went out and did something about it.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#19 Nov 3, 2010
JJJ wrote:
The People had a chance to vote for tax rollback and to vote all theses bums out, but instead they vote Dems across the board.This state and town deserves what it gets.Instead of whining about it on Topix you should have went out and did something about it.
The saying goes, if you didn't vote you have no right to complain. I voted and I'm sure many posting here did.
JJJ

Lowell, MA

#21 Nov 3, 2010
When the tax paying working class start moving out of the state in droves because of being taxed to death maybe the voters will wake up.
wait

Cambridge, MA

#22 Nov 3, 2010
copy editor wrote:
Poor grammar and syntax. Correct for punctuation.
Research, research, research.
Check spelling and numeration.
Reference "The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition.'
Note To Jennifer Myers: when the bosses don't hire copy editors the reporter must proofread and make revisions.
That isn't so easy when there are deadlines so request a copy editor to review the article.
Otherwise an interesting puff piece!
"Poor grammar and syntax." is not a sentence.

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