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(Lowell Sun)   Lowell, Mass. spent over $50,000 on GPS tracking system for police but won't use it because police have a union   (lowellsun.com) divider line 117
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2013-02-23 09:49:35 AM
Wow, we have a Lowell MA trifecta in play.
 
2013-02-23 10:32:49 AM
Oh, fine. As long as we can still fark over public school teachers and factory workers.
 
2013-02-23 11:32:26 AM
Just turn it on and tell the union "tough shiat"...
 
2013-02-23 12:23:03 PM

kim jong-un: Mentalpatient87: hasty ambush: They are faced hypocritical love of government

Let me stop you right there. Can you find me one example of anyone on this site proclaiming love for the government, ever?

DamnYankees, GAT_00.   For non-trolls, they are the ones that jump to mind.


Wait a minute, you didn't know that GAT is a troll?
 
2013-02-23 01:28:45 PM
Maybe they could have spent that stolen $50k on something, like, I dunno, a snowplow driver that's not an asshole?

Just sayin'.
 
2013-02-23 02:10:39 PM
 
2013-02-23 02:15:32 PM

kim jong-un: martissimo: doglover: feckingmorons: What are they doing on the taxpayer's time that should not be tracked by GPS.

I'm more of the opinion WHY ARE YOU WASTING $50,000 tax dollars to build a GPS tracking system. There's uninsured people out there. WTF. This could all be helping people pay medical bills.

RTFA man, not a cent of the taxpayers money is being spent on this shiat, they stole this cash from people who had a bag of pot in their car you frigging moron!

Hmm, I didn't even think a bag of pot was needed to trigger the theft.


You guys need to research seizure laws.
 
2013-02-23 04:02:29 PM

CruiserTwelve: kim jong-un: martissimo: doglover: feckingmorons: What are they doing on the taxpayer's time that should not be tracked by GPS.

I'm more of the opinion WHY ARE YOU WASTING $50,000 tax dollars to build a GPS tracking system. There's uninsured people out there. WTF. This could all be helping people pay medical bills.

RTFA man, not a cent of the taxpayers money is being spent on this shiat, they stole this cash from people who had a bag of pot in their car you frigging moron!

Hmm, I didn't even think a bag of pot was needed to trigger the theft.

You guys need to research seizure laws.


I can't speak for those two (who are engaged in a bit of hyperbole, I admit) but I'm pretty well-versed in drug-related seizure laws and I've got to say they are pretty much without exception complete and utter bullsh*t amounting to nothing more than gross and intentional side-steps of due process.
 
2013-02-23 06:21:38 PM

Notabunny: CruiserTwelve: Notabunny: So it's a change-of-work-conditions issue which is almost resolved? And it's not costing the public a cent? Why is this a story?

Because it involves cops who, as we know, are the most corrupt people in the world.

Actually, I don't understand the objection to having GPS in police cars. It's been great in my agency. The dispatchers always know where you are, and more than a few times cops have called for  help and haven't had time to give their location. GPS got help to them. I still, however,  find it rather disconcerting when a dispatcher calls you and tells you they're getting an alarm from a business you just drove past.

It doesn't sound like they're objecting to using GPS for safety, but rather they're objecting to using GPS for discipline. If the City want's to stick to its argument that the GPS is for safety only, this issue could have been resolved in about 5 seconds.


Discipline is safety.
 
2013-02-23 06:35:31 PM
When this system finally goes live, someone will hack it and invite the world to view the Marauder's Map of Police Cars.

Or maybe he'll be smart and rent access to it on the down-low.
 
2013-02-24 12:56:40 AM

ProfessorOhki: Oh, there's car 54.


Nice.
 
2013-02-24 01:56:26 AM
How is this the unions issue? Trackers are on the CITY'S cars right?
 
2013-02-24 06:20:16 AM

liam76: This is so they can park and sleep, speed (with no emergency), run errands, and otherwise screw over taxpayers and not get caught.


As a public worker and former union steward, I can unequivocally say that this is EXACTLY what this is about.  Public employee unions are necessary because otherwise, people will be royally farked.  But in the process of that necessity, the unions take it that one step further and try their best to do the farking themselves.

I can't tell you how many times I had to defend a person who was farking around on the job and got what was coming to them, but the union defended them and got them of the hook. But I must say, for all that, there were twice as many times I had to go to the table because my employer tried some bullshiat - salaried people work 9 days on, 1 off; administration rewriting public policy unilaterally to make nepotism/cronyism the order of the day; ignoring protections they agreed to in the contract, etc.
 
2013-02-24 08:32:23 AM

jaylectricity: Somebody I know drives a school bus in our town. She did her job, picked up and dropped off kids at school. At lunch she goes home, or whatever to wait for the afternoon rides or sometimes she's on-call. She parks her bus in the middle of town, at a gym and goes in to get some cardio.

Some nitwit calls the city asking why they're paying for a city employee to go to the gym.


School bus drivers typically are only paid for their hours driving, I was married to one for 18 years then the midget showed up but that's another story...

AM - High school, elementary then kindergarden picked up at home then dropped off at school. 1.5 hours

Noon - Kindergarden kids picked up at school and brought home, also any early release from school. 1.0 - 2.0 hours.

PM - High school and elementary kids picked up at school and dropped off at home 1.5 hours.
 
2013-02-24 08:42:05 AM
Unions = worthless in 2013
 
2013-02-24 09:21:52 PM

ElwoodCuse: ReapTheChaos: This is why unions need to go away, they're nothing but a remnant of a bygone era. It's not the 1920s anymore, we have more than enough laws on the books to protect workers from unfair/unsafe labor practices and courts to take care of any problems that arise.

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2013-02-25 07:21:51 AM

jgetz: Unions = worthless in 2013


We've all but eliminated polio and rubella in the United States.  We should totally stop inoculating against it.  Completely worthless in 2013.  I mean, think about how much of that government vaccine money could go to rich people Job Creators instead.
 
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