When Jan Flory ran for city council in 2012, she emphatically stated during a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters that she was running to “protect city employees.” The Fullerton Police Officers’ Association (FPOA) spent $60,000 during that race to help her win her seat by a mere 29 votes, and their “investment” has paid off big for them ever since.
The last payback came last night. At her final official meeting as a member of the city council, Flory voted with council members Doug Chaffee and Jennifer Fitzgerald (a 3-2 vote) to approve substantial pay increases for the Fullerton Police Management Association (FPMA).
Here are the pay increases (this is from the staff’s PowerPoint presentation):
Both Chaffee and Fitzgerald have also received financial support from the police union, either as direct campaign contributions or as independent expenditures — Chaffee in 2012, and Fitzgerald in last month’s election.
Our public employee unions control our City Council.
“Government employees like to say they get to elect their own bosses” who will put into effect salary schedules and work rules amenable to union demands, says author Mallory Factor in his book, Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind.
Money flows from unions to politicians and back to unions “in a never-ending cycle of greed and corruption,” he says.
We’ll be looking more closely at this issue in the weeks, months and years to come.