Police Union Marks One Year Anniversary of Layoffs with Billboard

Sign on Main Street thanks public for their support, cites historically low numbers of police

A green billboard stood conspicuously along the bend of Main Street and Ashwood Terrace as parade-goers marched through West Orange's downtown corridor for the .

The sign, endorsed by the West Orange Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and the Superior Officer's Association, read:

"Happy St. Patrick's Day: March 15, 2012 marked the one year anniversary of layoffs and demotions. Working at manpower levels not seen in 30 years. Still dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of West Orange. We thank you for your continued support."

Union officials told Patch the billboard was mounted last Friday morning and will remain through the month.

"We want to thank the public for all their continued support and just explain to them that we are still working at numbers that we haven't seen in 30 years, we want to advise them of that, that we are working understaffed," West Orange Police Officer and Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Christopher Jacksic said.

Mayor Robert Parisi did not comment on the billboard but said, so far, a layoff plan has not been submitted in the upcoming budget. 

A year ago, and 16 others demoted after a union vote overwhelmingly rejected a four-year contract for the department.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Local 25, after months of failed negotiations with the township. 

The administration and Local 25 continue in arbitration and have yet settle.

Tom March 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I wish people would understand that West Orange is not a "Job Mill" to provide over paid jobs and positions/ranks and benefits.
barry_geltzeiler March 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
you make slanderous comments about WO Police Union business that I highly doubt you would say to the Union Presidents face. You call it internet security, i call it internet muscles. You point has no validity if it cannot be attributed to a real person.
Tom G. March 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Barry - You are right that we don't know the details of the negotiations. And that is part of the problem. We, the taxpayers (the people that pay these guys' salaries), have no say in what goes on with the negotiations even though it is our money at stake. Just as you said the police union has the right to get the best deal for it's members, we, the taxpayers, trust the town to make decisions that get the best deal for its 45,000 taxpaying residents. I trust that the town is getting the best deal for me, the taxpayer. Whether or not that is true, unfortunately, we will probably never know.
barry_geltzeiler March 16, 2012 at 06:27 PM
don't agree, the towns deal has less police on the street, dont care what anyones says.ask an officer off the record. i dont feel as safe. these men put their life on the line on a daily basis for our safety and deserve to be compensated for their risk.


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