Waterford Grievance Arbitration Decisions
The Arbitrator agreed with the Waterford Police Officers' Association and MAP by stating the past practice of paying FTOs a daily overtime rate of 1.5 hours per 10 hour shift of training new officers could not be unilaterally changed without the benefit of union input.
Appearances before the Arbitrator included Fred Timpner, Executive Director of MAP and Officers Himmelspach, Taylor, Foley and Biggs. After hearing testimony, Arbitrator Anne Patton agreed with the Union's position that the Township violated the Maintenance of Conditions clause of the contract by reducing the FTO's rate of compensation. The practice was clear and consistent and remained unchanged for seven years before an attempt was made to reduce the benefit.
In another grievance, Arbitrator Joseph Girolamo agreed with MAP's position that overtime had to be paid to officers who proctored a written examination for new hire police candidates. The Chief hand picked officers to observe the examination process and be available to answer any questions from the candidates. By doing so, he failed to abide by the equalization of overtime procedure. Arbitrator Girolamo ruled that overtime must be paid to the officer who was passed over when the invitation went out for the detail.
These are examples of how MAP stands ready to protect the rights of its members. These cases show how each and every member is important to us.