Police Union and City Reach Agreements on Department of Justice Reforms, Contract

Several major reforms still up in air


The city's police union has agreed to pull its official opposition to the settlement agreement struck between the bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice over mental health and use of force reforms.In a press conference this afternoon at City Hall, officials announced that the Portland Police Association will withdraw its grievance against the DOJ settlement. The settlement was forged last fall following ...   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Hales' Office Says They're Working on Finalizing Deal on Police Union DOJ Lawsuit

Portland Police Association says that's news to them


Mayor Charlie Hales' office says the city and its police union are working to finalize a deal on mandated U.S. Department of Justice findings on police use of force and oversight.Sources tell WW that a memorandum of understanding would strike a bargain between the city, the Portland Police Association and the DOJ on critical changes required by the DOJ, including on use of force and creating a standardized ...   More
Friday, November 1, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland's Cops May Finally Get Performance Reviews


Portland's Police union and the city may be drawing near to reviving something the bureau hasn't had in more than 20 years: performance reviews.The first public contract talks were this morning, and while Portland Police Association representatives mostly skipped around to the more arcane and sleep-inducing portions of the contract—cutting a few weeks out of the grievance process, for example—the ...   More
Thursday, August 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City and Police Union Will Hold Public Bargaining Meeting Tomorrow


Breaking a deadlock over public bargaining sessions, the city of Portland and the Portland Police Association will hold a public contract negotiation tomorrow morning.The meeting is set for 8:30 am to noon in Room 2500 A of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave.The announcement comes more than two weeks after the PPA filed an unfair labor agreement with the state, saying that Mayor Charlie Hales' insistence ...   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police Union Files Labor Complaint Over Public Contract Talks

PPA Says City is Bargaining in Bad Faith Because it Wants Open Meetings


The Portland Police Association has filed an unfair labor complaint against the city of Portland, saying that Mayor Charlie Hales' stance that some contract negotiations be made public is against labor rules.The complaint (PDF), hand-delivered to the city attorney this afternoon, says the city—which is holding out for at least some public meetings in the Portland Building—doesn't have the legal ...   More
Friday, July 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Union, City Headed to Trial Over U.S. Department of Justice Settlement


The U.S. Department of Justice, the city of Portland and the Portland Police Association will go to trial to argue the merits of last fall's scathing report by the DOJ that said police engage in a pattern of excessive force against the mentally ill.U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said today during a scheduled summary conference that he'll likely set a trial date for the DOJ case for summer ...   More
Thursday, July 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Union Files Grievance, Says Chief Mike Reese Took Labor Patrol Shifts

Reese picked up shifts to cut overtime; union says he took away work


When Portland Police Chief Mike Reese hopped behind the wheel of a Crown Victoria to take over a few patrol shifts in May, it was a double win.One was his stated reason: Reese was pounding the pavement like a regular beat cop to cut down on overtime costs while officers got enhanced crisis intervention training.The second: Some good PR. The Oregonian, KOIN and other media outlets picked up the story ...   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

City, Police Union May Be at DOJ Impasse Over 48-hour Grace Period for Cops Involved in Shootings


Negotiations between the city and its police union over federally-mandated reforms are at an impasse, but Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says he’s going ahead with as many changes as he can in the meantime.The department released an 80-point “Action Item Matrix” today, and the document hints at the one issue that may have the city and the Portland Police Association at loggerheads: the 48 hour ...   More
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Union Negotiations Starting, Hales Stays Mum on Issues


The city's contract negotiations with the Portland Police Association will begin April 18 at the union's headquarters.One of the issues likely to be on the table is the 48-hour rule that allows officers involved in shootings two days to consult with lawyers and union representatives before they give an official statement.Last fall, Mayor Charlie Hales told WW that he thinks that rule–which is subject ...   More
Thursday, April 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

UPDATE: Portland Police Athletic Association Sells its Bar Building for Almost $1 Million


UPDATE: WW inaccurately reported that the Portland Police Association sold a building for $945,000. The owner of the building at 706 SE Sixth Ave. was the Portland Police Athletic Association, a separate entity. WW regrets the error.The Portland Police Athletic Association has sold the building where its members and retirees could drink without being bothered by common riff raff.The members-only Portland ...   More
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Andrea Damewood


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