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Tacoma police union president: We’re OK with outside Zina probe

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on June 21, 2011 at 10:52 am with 8 Comments »
June 21, 2011 11:10 am

I just spoke with Det. Terry Krause, president of Tacoma Police Union Local 6, who says leaders for the police union and city labor officials will be meeting today to discuss a planned outside investigation of the Zina Linnik case.

As we wrote about here last night, the union has taken issue with the city’s plans to hire a third-party investigator to conduct a review of Tacoma Police Department’s handling of the Zina case.

Krause said today the issue from the union’s standpoint is strictly one of bargaining — Local 6 has no problem with the city conducting the third-party probe, he said.

“We’re not trying to be obstructionist about it,” Krause said. “There’s procedure that needs to be followed.  If they had talked about it with the union first, as they should have, it wouldn’t be an issue.”

At tonight’s council meeting,  the City Council is set to consider spending up to $50,000 from the council’s contingency fund to pay for the outside probe. Mayor Marilyn Strickland announced last month that Mark S. Simpson, a former Arlington, Texas cop-turned-consultant who specializes in child abduction cases, will lead the review.

Though union officials will discuss the issue with city labor negotiators today, those discussions should have no bearing on tonight’s City Council action, Krause said.

“The demand to bargain doesn’t have to do with the expenditure of funds,” he said. “They can do that. It’s just the work we’re concerned about.”

“Skimming, taking work away from a local, things that are in violation of the contract, past practice or a change of working conditions, these are bargaining issues,” he added.  “If there are things going on like that, they need to talk with us first.”

Overall, the union is fine with the outside review, Krause added.

“I think an investigation is going to show that everything was done well,” he said. ” We’re not trying to hide anything or stop them from doing this.”

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Mr. Krause is not negotiating in good faith.

    Where a management-right, (City of Tacoma) is involved, the decision is for management to make alone. The negotiation, if any, should be centered on the inability of TPD to conduct a fair and impartial investigation, thus rendering their position of, “taking work away from union members” is rendered moot.

    Public trust and Public policy trump collective bargaining agreements, in my opinion.

  2. tomwa007 says:

    If the State of WI can throw out collective bargaining with the state teachers union, the Tacoma City Government could have enough backbone to do the same with the police union.

    Oh wait, they are all beholding to them all ready so that will never happen.

  3. See what happens!

  4. The TPD works for the citizens of the city. The mayor and city council represent the people, if they want to review an aspect of the police department they can and should — there is no need to consult with any union. End of conversation!!!

  5. How sweet that Mr. Krause and the union are OK with a probe. Isn’t it just grand that we have his permission to investigate the poor workings of his minions.
    I am so sick of Local 6 telling the City what it can and can not do. Here’s a thought, Local 6. You will either cooperate with every aspect of the investigation, or face disciplinary action up to, and including immediate dismissal of any officer failing to do so.
    But, we know THAT won’t happen, because everyone on the Council is beholding to the Union. I hope that the Linnik family has included TPD in their lawsuit and that they bankrupt the town. Maybe THEN, the political rules of this City will change and put the PEOPLE back in charge.

  6. Does anyone remember a situation recently in which there were similar issues with outside investigators? Seems I remember that in that other case, which I can’t quite put my finger on, the union WANTED the outside investigation.

    I hate getting old. I can’t quite remember the names in that other case.

  7. harleyrider1 says:

    Big deal

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