Category: Ogden City

Collective Bargaining Raises Wages

By bargaining collectively, union members are able to negotiate higher wages. Union members earn almost 28 percent more than nonunion members. The union wage benefit is greatest for people of color and women. Latino union workers earn almost 51 percent more than their nonunion counterparts. Union women earn almost 34 percent more than nonunion women. For African Americans, the union advantage is 31 percent. The union advantage for white male workers is almost 21 percent. For Asian American workers the union advantage is close to 1 percent.

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS OF FULL-TIME
WAGE AND SALARY WORKERS, 2010

Collective Bargaining Raises Wages

BLS, “Union Members in 2010″, January 2011, table 2

Legal Shield – A Great Benefit for UAGE Members

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UAGE has a discounted membership program to help you with these issues and many more. Take a moment and view the following link, www.greatlegalbenefit.com/johnvaldez, then contact John as indicated to learn more how you can receive the benefits of this program at a discounted rate because you are a UAGE member.

UAGE Helps Make Ogden City Policy Change

UAGE representatives in Ogden recently requested a change to a City Personnel Policy regarding compensation for the officers who were injured in the line of duty last week. The UAGE request asked for a means to help employees who are unable to use sick or vacation leave have a means to survive financially until they can either come back to work or bridge the time requirements to qualify for Long Term Disability.

Ogden City Administrators reviewed the request and the current policy and practice as it relates to worker’s compensation payments when an employee is off work due to a work related injury. Workers Compensation pays 66% of an employees salary and requires those employees to use sick or vacation time for the remaining 34% in order to receive a full paycheck.

Based on discussions, it was decided that the current Ogden policy will be changed so that the City will make up the remaining 34% for up to 17 weeks, at which time Long Term Disability will kick in if eligible. This change was City wide and removes the need for paid time off donations in cases of on-the-job injuries.

UAGE is proud to have made a contribution of this nature as an expression of our gratitude to the officers involved in the tragic shooting episode in Ogden as well as to all of Ogden’s dedicated, hard working employees.

Donate to Fallen and Injured Officers

The Ogden City Police Department suffered a great loss with the loss of one of its own, in addition to five other officers who were severely injured. The Bank of Utah has set up accounts under each of the officer’s names for any assistance that the public would like to provide.

The Ogden Police Department would like to thank the community for their concern and outpouring of support for the officers and their families. Due to this overwhelming support the Bank of Utah has set up accounts in the names of each of police officers injured in last night’s incident. The names of the Officers are as follows:

All funds raised will be going directly to the officer to whom the funds were donated. Individuals that would like to donate to any of these officers may do so by going to any Bank of Utah location and provide the name of the officer(s).

Agent Jared Francom
Ogden Police Department
Died 1/5/2012
Agent Shawn Grogan
Ogden Police Department
Listed Serious
Agent Kasey Burrell
Ogden Police Department
Listed Critical
Officer Michael Rounkles
Ogden City Police Department
Listed Serious
Sgt. Nate Hutchinson
Weber County Sheriff’s Office
Listed Stable
Agent Jason Vanderwarf
Roy Police Department
Listed Stable

Ogden police chief Jon Greiner fired over Hatch Act

Deseret News

OGDEN — Police Chief Jon Greiner was fired Wednesday in an action city officials called “unwanted,” “involuntary” and “unfair.”

City officials said the termination was necessary in order for Ogden to continue receiving future federal grants and loans from the Federal Merit Systems Protection Board, pursuant to the Hatch Act.

Earlier this month, a federal panel ruled that the longtime police chief was in violation of the Hatch Act when he launched his candidacy for the state Senate in 2006. He subsequently went on to serve in the Utah Senate but did not seek re-election.

The Hatch Act prohibits the involvement of certain government employees in a partisan, political race if the entity they work for receives federal funding. The panel gave Greiner 60 days to resign following their ruling.

“We think (the Hatch Act) is a real antiquated, ridiculous law that has been inconsistently and unfairly applied to different people,” Ogden Mayor-elect Mike Caldwell said.

Caldwell said the city has committed “a tremendous number of resources and time and energy” over the past five years to make sure Greiner had a fair, thorough hearing on the matter.

“He didn’t, in our opinion, get a fair hearing at all,” the mayor-elect said. “We don’t feel due process was followed.”

The federal government put a strict timeline on the issue, Caldwell said, giving Ogden until Dec. 30 to comply with the ruling.

“We didn’t feel we had an opportunity to present all of our information,” he said.

A news release from Ogden states that Greiner leaves his post in good standing and has an excellent record of success.

“If a law had been broken, it would have been much easier to jump in and make decisions with this,” Caldwell said. “But no laws were broken. It was the federal government being a bully, and that’s the most frustrating part.”

Greiner began his time as a law enforcer in Ogden in 1973. He was named Utah Chief of the Year in 2005.

The city intends to fill the post internally, if possible, Caldwell said.

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