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East Orange Police Lodge #111

  • Detective William Shirden - President 

  • Officer Valerie Cook - Secretary

  • Officer Roland Smith - 1st VP

  • Officer Reginald Hudson - 2nd VP 

  • Officer Willie Rowe - 3rd VP

  • Officer Carla Hatcher - Rec. Secretary

  • Officer Lloyd Fredricks - Treasurer

  • Lieutenant Harvey Rison - Trustee

  • Detective Mike Person - Sgt. At Arms

President of FOP Police Union says transfer keeps him from officers
By: Gerard A Frank, Staff Writer East Orange Record 2/17/05

The East Orange Record received an anonymous tip from a union member that their president had been transferred in retaliation for doing his union work.

"The president of the city's Fraternal Order of Police was transferred from the juvenile aid bureau to the new Campus High School in retaliation for his union efforts on our behalf," said the caller. The East Orange Record contacted William Shirden, president of the FOP Lodge 111, who confirmed the allegations. He stated that since his transfer to Campus High School required that he spend his tour at that site as opposed to be in the police building, his ability to perform his duties as union president were hindered. Shirden said for the past two weeks he had been attending line up for the day shift, questioning officers about the recent complaints he received about raising their ticket activities.
"Back in December I received information that the officers were told to start issuing more tickets," said Shirden. The Professional Standards Unit contacted Shirden after he appeared on UPN 9 news about the allegations. "I was asked to give them the names of those complaining. For one thing it came to me anonymously. For another reason, I'm the union president and I can't give out names of union members," said Shirden.

Shirden said he was the union president the past two years except for the nine months he served at Fort Gordon, Georgia. There he trained recently graduated Army recruits for nine months who were assigned to military occupation skills in microwave radio operations. In his stead, Reggie Hudson acted as president of the union. "He did a great job while I was gone," said Shirden. Shirden said he has been back for almost a year and was working in the juvenile aid bureau handling juvenile cases. Police officers were coming to him complaining not only about raising their ticket count but also about doing arbitrary filed interview reports of FIR. A FIR is when a police officer stops an individual in an area and runs a background check on him or her, said Shirden. "Basically they were profiling. They wanted us to stop anyone with a backpack in an area where burglaries had occurred," said Shirden.

That's when he began to attend the day shift line up so he could talk to other officers about any complaints they may have. "I asked if I could attend the COMPSTAT meetings so I could get information directly from those responsible for what was going on. I could then disseminate that information to union members so we could know what is going on. We need to know what is going on," said Shirden. Shirden said he isn't complaining about the job he is doing but that he wouldn't be as accessible to union members as he was when he was in the police building. "I would do my cases and then if an officer had a grievance I would try to mediate it before filing an official grievance. I can't do that now," said Shirden. Shirden said he was told the reassignment would mean he would work days and be the liaison for the juvenile bureau. "I did my job the best of my ability, both working in the juvenile aid bureau and as union president," said Shirden. A voice mail message seeking comment from acting Chief Michael Cleary went unanswered by press time

Great Page on Pending Laws

The New Jersey FOP website has a page that lists all pending legislation that affects NJ law enforcement.  They call it "Legislative Watch."  It breaks each of the proposals down into a paragraph and provides the bill number for those who may want to visit the state website for additional information.  They even list their opinion of the legislation.  Each paragraph ends with "FOP supports" or "FOP opposes."  It is a great resource.  Click here to visit the page.  




On February 21, 2002 the East Orange Police Department FOP Lodge #111 voted overwhelmingly in favor of retaining the FOP as their bargaining agent, rather than the PBA #16. The PBA was defeated with a vote of 104 - 21 in favor of the FOP.



Contracts and Collective Bargaining Agreements

For many agencies contract time is approaching.  Below is some information that might be useful for those preparing for negotiations:


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The source of this information was the Summer, 2002 PBA Newsletter, and these figures are based only on the information reported to the State PBA from the individual locals.  


A Mother's Cry For Help

F.O.P. President William Shirden received the below letter from Mrs. Alicia Cotton mother of East Orange Police Officer William Cotton. Mrs. Cotton is pleading for help from anyone who can locate a kidney donor for her son,  who is diagnosed with Degenerative Kidney Disorder. If anyone has any information that can help in this concern please contact the family by following the directions at the conclusion of the letter.

Officer William Cotton

Officer William Cotton

Special Notice

December 16, 2003
President Bush Meets with National F.O.P. President
Canterbury Thanks President for Signing "Hometown Heroes" Bill into Law

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, met with President George W. Bush today at the White House to thank him and his Administration for their support of S. 459, the "Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act," legislation which expands eligibility for the Public Safety Officers' Benefit (PSOB) program to include those public safety officers who suffer a fatal heart attack or stroke in the line of duty. President Bush signed the measure into law last week.

"I am here today to thank the President for his support, which was critical to getting this bill through Congress," said Canterbury.

The "Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act" would entitle the survivors of a public safety officer who suffers a fatal heart attack or stroke while, or within twenty-four (24) hours after, engaging in a line of duty action or participating in a training exercise, to PSOB benefits. The presumption created by this legislation can only be overcome by competent medical evidence indicating that the heart attack or stroke was in fact the result of something other than a line of duty action.

President Bush invited Canterbury and Harold Schaitberger, the General President of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), to the White House to recognize them for the important role they played in the passage of this legislation and continue to play in representing the interests of our nation's first responders--law enforcement officers and firefighters.

"The Fraternal Order of Police was the only law enforcement organization actively involved in pushing this bill through in the last hours of the first session of this Congress," Canterbury said. "We worked very closely with all the bill's sponsors, Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Bob Etheridge (D-NC), as well as House Subcommittee Chairman Representative Howard Coble (R-NC) and House Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), the IAFF, and the Administration to get this bill to the President. When he signed it last week, it was a great victory for law enforcement and other public safety officers, and even more so for the families of our fallen brothers and sisters."

"This President has proved time and time again that he is a friend of our nation's law enforcement officers," Canterbury said. "I am pleased to have an opportunity to thank him for all he has done for us and, of course, to congratulate him on his recent collar of a high-profile fugitive from justice."

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 310,000 members.

Day on the Hill
Washington, D.C.
February 14-16, 2005

The F.O.P. Day on the Hill 2005 will begin on Monday, 14 February 2005. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda at the District of Columbia Lodge #1 at 711 4th Street, NW. The briefing will take place on Monday afternoon and last approximately one hour. Tuesday and Wednesday, 15-16 February, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts.

Accommodations for "Day on the Hill" Participants

The National Legislative Office has arranged a block of hotel rooms at a discounted rate at the
Washington Terrace Hotel. Room rate: $110 per night. For reservations, call 202.232.7000 and mention the Fraternal Order of Police. The deadline for reservations is January 24, 2005. If you have any questions about the event, please contact the National Legislative Office at 202.547.8189.


F.O.P. Mission Statement

The Fraternal Order of Police, New Jersey Labor Council has been created by the New Jersey State Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, to serve its law enforcement members as a labor organization under the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Act.

   The F.O.P.- NJ Labor Council, Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of law enforcement personnel through representation of its members in collective bargaining and other labor related matters. The organization, by its Code of Regulations:

  • Promotes the formation of collective bargaining units for law enforcement personnel. Acts as collective bargaining agent for members and member units recognized by the New Jersey State Public Employment Relations Commission.

  • Engages in collective bargaining, mediation, and arbitration for the purpose of improving wages, hours, and other working conditions.

  • Advances the rights and promotes the interest of all law enforcement personnel.

  • Unites, represents, defends and promotes the interest of all members in duty related matters where applicable.

  • Works in a cooperative manner with other organizations interested in promoting the efficiency, professionalism, and well being of law enforcement members.

   The F.O.P. - N.J.L.C. exists to protect and serve those who protect and serve society. Our purpose is to proudly serve the law enforcement community as members of the Fraternal Order of Police, with a goal of becoming the premier law enforcement labor organization in New Jersey.


In 1915, the life of a policeman was bleak. In many communities they were forced to work 12 hour days, 365 days a year. Police officers didn't like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions. There were no organizations to make their voices heard; no other means to make their grievances known.

This soon changed, thanks to the courage and wisdom of two Pittsburgh patrol officers. Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle knew they must first organize police officers, like other labor interests, if they were to be successful in making life better for themselves and their fellow police officers. They and 21 others "who were willing to take a chance" met on May 14, 1915, and held the first meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police. They formed Fort Pitt Lodge #1. They decided on this name due to the anti-union sentiment of the time. However, there was no mistaking their intentions. As they told their city mayor, Joe Armstrong, the FOP would be the means "to bring our grievances before the Mayor or Council and have many things adjusted that we are unable to present in any other way...we could get many things through our legislature that our Council will not, or cannot give us."

And so it began, a tradition of police officers representing police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police was given life by two dedicated police officers determined to better their profession and those who choose to protect and serve our communities, our states, and our country. It was not long afterward that Mayor Armstrong was congratulating the Fraternal Order of Police for their "strong influence in the legislatures in various states,...their considerate and charitable efforts" on behalf of the officers in need and for the FOP's "efforts at increasing the public confidence toward the police to the benefit of the peace, as well as the public."

From that small beginning the Fraternal Order of Police began growing steadily. In 1955, the idea of a National Organization of Police Officers came about. Today, the tradition that was first envisioned over 85 years ago lives on with more than 2,000 local lodges and 299,000 members in the United States. The Fraternal Order of Police has become the largest professional police organization in the country. The FOP continues to grow because we have been true to the tradition and continued to build on it. The Fraternal Order of Police are proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government.




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East Orange Lodge #111
Sweet victory for East Orange FOP!
Summer 2000

It's official! East Orange, the fifth largest police department in the state of New Jersey, has become an FOP bargaining unit. By a margin of 11 votes, FOP Lodge #111 scored a victory that is resounding throughout the state, in the FOP and the PBA.

Two years ago, the lodge lost to PBA Local #16 by a ratio of 2 to 1. Then, as now, the issues are the same: lacking effective representation by the PBA. FOP President Barry Jackson said the PBA victory two years ago was partially based on claims that by holding an election, the FOP would hold up everyone's retroactive salary payments.

"That was the excuse they used to stay the bargaining unit, and it worked." But in the next two years, officers saw that retro checks were not the issue. "They still got no representation," and, "we were the ones bailing people out of jail," said Jackson. "The PBA couldn't even be reached for comment."

Not surprisingly, retro checks were a no issue in this year's election. A total of 290 officers were eligible to vote in the July 20 PERC election, run by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). In all, 130 officers voted, with a final tally of 68 for the FOP to 57 for the PBA. "We knew it would be close and a low turn-out," said Jackson. "It was the younger guys who swung the vote. They saw us as more aggressive, that we will go out for them."

The victory is even sweeter given the FOP's underdog position. Before winning, the lodge had 135 members, and no prior bargaining-unit status.

State Lodge President Rick Whelan made announcement of the victory his number one priority during the July 23 State Lodge meeting, and again, he praised East Orange members during the state convention. Both times, Lodge #111 received enthusiastic ovations.

Aside from the PBA's "nonchalant attitude toward assisting members" in labor matters, Jackson said another issue was a mediocre employment contract covering the last three years. "Three percent across the board was not good," he said.

The lodge executive board is now working on a new contract, which they hope to have in place by year's end. Along with higher salaries, they are seeking better medical benefits, an improved vacation policy, and upgrades in medical benefits.

"We're the lowest-paid department in Essex County," said Jackson, "and we have been slipping for the last two contracts. Even Irvington, a distressed city, is higher paid."

Other officers on the lodge executive board include First Vice President Zachary Muse, Second Vice President Lafayette Hamlett, Corresponding Secretary Keith Hinton, Recording Secretary Will Shirdan, Treasurer Daniel Martin, Sgt-at-Arms Wilson Carter, and State Trustee John Thornton.

"We plan to represent our members the way a union is supposed to," said Jackson. "We're not going to let people be beat on by the administration. Officer rights is our first concern and if it takes getting up at 3 a.m. in the morning, that's what we'll do."

Email: info@njfop.org

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June 23, 2004 H.R. 218 Passes House!!!
F.O.P.'s Grassroots Effort Instrumental to Today's Success

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Grand Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, hailed the adoption of H.R. 218, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act," by voice vote. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) was considered on the House floor today under a suspension of the rules.

"The Fraternal Order of Police has been working on this legislation for a long time," Canterbury said. "We knew that we would win today's vote--every time this legislation has been considered by the House or the Senate it has passed."

The bill, which exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from State and local prohibitions with respect to the carrying of concealed firearms, is the F.O.P.'s top legislative priority. The legislation has wide, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, with two hundred and ninety-three (293) and seventy (70) cosponsors, respectively.

Last week, President George W. Bush wrote a letter to Canterbury recognizing the F.O.P.'s hard work on the bill, which he described as one which would "better protect our Nation from danger." The full text of the letter can be found on the F.O.P.?s web site: http://www.grandlodgefop.org/letters/ltr_040618_bush.pdf.

"With the strong support of President Bush, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), and other members of the House leadership, we got the opportunity to put this bill on the floor," Canterbury said. "But it was F.O.P. members that made the difference today--their calls to Representatives resulted in a lopsided victory for rank-and-file law enforcement officers."

The legislation now goes to the Senate for further action. In March, the Senate approved an amendment virtually identical to H.R. 218 on a 91-8 vote, but the underlying bill was ultimately defeated.

"I have a great deal of confidence that President Bush will be able to sign the 'Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act' before the end of this Congress," Canterbury said.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 318,000 members.

What is the FOP?

The Fraternal Order of Police is comprised of active and retired law enforcement officers of all ranks from all branches of government Federal, State, County, and Local. Members work side by side to improve the profession and serve the public.[J-BOT Status Msg]

At all levels, Local, State, and National, the FOP provides members with professional legal defense, a powerful collective bargaining voice, and advocacy for law enforcement legislation, and seminars for professional development.

FOP members strongly believe in Community involvement, and support such organizations as Easter Seals, Special Olympics, and in New Jersey, the Deborah Heart & Lung Center.

The FOP also provides members with opportunities to meet fellow officers away from the job, to encourage friendships and networking. Through its many services and activities the FOP is a family that helps members' in good times and in bad.

270,000 & Growing!  The National FOP was founded in 1915 and has since become the Nation's largest law enforcement organization with more than 270,000 members.

New Jersey's first local lodge, Camden FOP Lodge #1, was formed in 1947. The New Jersey State Lodge was formed in 1948, and currently ranks as the 7th largest State Lodge with more than 14,000 individual members.


State FOP News

Health Benefits After Retirement For Law Officers

Assembly and Senate Approve A3258
An overwhelming vote of 68-6 with 2 abstentions, members of the NJ Assembly today passed Assemblyman John Kellyís bill. A3258 provides health benefits to currently retired, and future retirees who are members of PFRS and PERS and who donít currently enjoy these benefits via their collective bargaining agreements.

At almost 5 PM, the Senate was ready to act on the bill and voted to substitute A3258 for an identical Senate Bill, S2334 sponsored by Senators Joseph Kyrillos, and Bernard Kenny. The Senate then approved the bill by a vote of 33-0, with 6 Senators not voting.

This followed a reported last minute effort by Senator John Adler to amend the bill to include all retirees, not just those who are not currently covered by their contracts. That would have significantly reduced the benefits of many current and future retirees and obviously killed the bill. However, when the vote was up, there were no amendments or discussion.

The bill grants a very valuable benefit that law enforcement officers and firefighters have sought for years. It will reportedly effect about 30 percent of our ranks not currently covered through their contracts and cost about $10 million to the State the first year. The bill will provide the State Health Benefits Program managed care plan with the State will paying 80% of the premium and the retiree 20%. The plan covers the retiree, spouse and eligible dependants. Itís not the best plan available, but participants may upgrade to one of the Stateís more expensive plans and bear any additional costs. Itís a big win for those who cannot now afford their own coverage and those who have delayed their retirement to avoid losing their medical coverage.

The only opposition came from the League of Municipalities, even though not a penny of the expense related to the bill will be born by the municipalities, even though their major objections were allayed.

The bill had widespread support by legislators as well as the Governor and her administration. Voting against the bill were Assembly members Carroll, Connor, Garrett, Gregg, Kramer, and Myers. Abstentions came from Assemblywomen Murphy and Wright.

Retirees Have One Year To Enter
Those eligible members who wish to participate in the program will have one year from the date of enactment to enroll. For a copy of the bill, call the FOP State Office at 609-599-1222, or download it directly from the NJ State Legislature Internet Site at their address, www.njleg.state.nj.us.

Legislative Committee members Ed Giordano and Sam Wike, Legislative Agent Pete Guzzo and President Whelan represented the FOP at the hearings. Representing the FOP for the votes were Wayne Winkler, Orlando Rodriguez, Ed Giordano, Pete Guzzo.  
Legality of Baseline Drug Testing to be Explored
Summer 2000

The New Jersey FOP is taking a stand against mandatory baseline drug testing, which has been proposed as a preliminary policy in Camden County, before random testing is put into effect.

"What's the sense of baseline testing if you have a law for random testing," asks State Lodge Attorney Tony Fusco. "Baseline means you test everybody. That's not random."

Calling the policy "a violation of the law" and "an invasion of privacy" that could cause confidentiality problems for employees who take heart pills or other essential medications, the FOP formed a special committee to deal with the Camden County policy.

Britt Henderson, president of Cherry Hill Lodge #28, is chairing the committee that consists of one representative from each Camden lodge. Working with attorney Darryl Saunders from Fusco's office, the committee will meet with Camden County Prosecutor Solomon, and explore the constitutionality of his announced policy.

F.O.P. Links

Grand Lodge FOP:

Rutgers University FOP: www.rci.rutgers.edu/~foprupd
NJ FOP Lodge #46:
NJ Division of Pensions & Benefits: www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/index.html
NJ State Legislature:
NJ P.E.R.C.:
US House of Representatives:
US Senate:
NJ FOP Lodge #153:
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S):
NJ FOP Lodge #163:

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