On or about June 20, 2014, the United States Park Police instituted an interim policy regarding “maximum hours of work” and describing requirements for specific hours of “rest”. This policy mandates that employees may not work more than 16 hours in a 24 hour period without a consecutive 4-hour rest period. This interim policy has been propounded purportedly for the safety of the officers, However, the restriction on hours is not applicable whenever the Acting Chief of Police decides to exempt work during specific events or during emergencies.
Members may read the full response in the forums.
The members of the U.S. Park Police FOP have prevailed, again, in our fight for fair and lawful pay. The Agency will have squandered over $100K fighting to deprive you of your right to overtime. The Federal Labor Relations Board affirmed and then reaffirmed the Arbitrator’s award to you regarding the Agency’s unlawful overtime policies. Afterwards, the Arbitrator granted you interest on the nearly 4 million dollars in back pay. The Agency engaged in “procedural machinations” designed to delay the payment of this “reasonable award” and this, too, was unsuccessful.
The most disheartening part of this whole debacle is that the Department of Interior has utterly wasted hundreds of thousands of tax payers’ dollars when they could have resolved this matter, easily, years ago, with hardly a dollar spent. Instead, they fought. And fought. And fought. Needlessly throwing dollar after wasted dollar down a hole in which there was no coming out of. The amount of money squandered could have been spent hiring officers, buying much needed equipment or acquiring advanced training. But this was not to be.
So, here we are, once again, with taxpayers and officers paying for the poor decisions of the people entrusted with spending the tax payers’ money, responsibly. At this time, there is no information regarding when payment can be expected.
Be safe, out there!
U.S. Park Police FOP
TAXPAYER MONEY WASTED BY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND U. S. PARK POLICE IN 8 YEAR EFFORT TO MAINTAIN UNLAWFUL OVERTIME POLICY ★★★ FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY UPHOLDS INTEREST PAYMENTS FOR OVERTIME UNLAWFULLY DENIED TO U. S. PARK POLICE OFFICERS ★★★ LEARN ABOUT 8 YEAR SAGA, READ BOARD’S DECISION ★★★