President’s Message

by David J. Mahoney

Another Summer Come And Gone And A Political Season Well Underway!

As this issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal reaches each of our members, we find ourselves yet again entering a new fall season of changing colors, changing temperatures and, for many of our children, the return to school.

At the WPPA, we have tried to initiate some changes to better improve the representation and service we provide to all our members through political action, but have been prevented from implementing some of these improvements by the lack of involvement of members and some of those you elected to represent you on the Board of Directors. I hope I’ve got your … Continue reading

Executive Director’s Message

by Thomas W. Bahr

As I write this article, the day after the Primary elections, I am again reminded of the importance of the relationships we build with elected officials and how those relationships affect each and every member of the WPPA. Those elected to serve the people of this state, whether in the legislature, the Department of Justice, or the Governor’s mansion, can affect our members’ ability to do their jobs and support their families. The actions of these elected officials and the positions taken by them regarding various subjects are all important, and as an Association representing the interests of our members, we need to closely examine their specific positions and their potential impact to the membership. … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court Explains What Actions May Constitute Workplace Retaliation

Attorney Linda A. Harfst
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

On June 22, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway v. White, Docket No. 05-529. The case involved a retaliation claim brought by a female railway employee who worked in the very non-traditional position of a track laborer. The court’s decision answers the question of what kinds of actions an employer can take against an employee who has opposed a discriminatory practice.

Sheila White (“White”), the plaintiff, began working for the railroad in Memphis, Tennessee. As a track laborer, she performed a number of physically difficult and dirty jobs, including cutting brush, clearing litter, and replacing track components. By … Continue reading

Political Action At Work

By Emil Kezerle
Business Agent/Coordinator, Upper Michigan Office
1342 U.S. Highway 2, Crystal Falls, Michigan 49921
906-875-4990 – 800-361-1269

The Norway Police Officers Association is currently experiencing a situation that, in the future, could become a trend that may potentially impact more of our smaller locals in the Upper Peninsula. Here is a brief synopsis of the circumstances.

The current collective bargaining agreement between the City of Norway and the Norway Police Officers Association is effective until July of 2007. For a number of reasons, the Norway City Council (more specifically the mayor) has threatened to eliminate the Norway Police Department and its four members, and contract with the county for law enforcement services. As its justification … Continue reading