SFPD Union has some harsh words for Mayor TenHaken

While people have railed on me in the past about things I say about local public servants, not sure if I can beat a zinger like this;

“(The mayor) has failed every single character test when it comes to the rank and file,” Holbeck said. “Right now, his word is worth about five cents.”

Now that I have stopped laughing, let’s continue.

Another mayor and another snub of the PD. While I have often been critical of policies and leadership at the SFPD, I do think the officers deserve fair pay and reasonable wage increases and benefits. But it seems how to negotiate those contracts goes over the anti-union, right-wing, Republican Mayor’s head;

Holbeck said that response doesn’t sit well with union members, who prefer wages based on responsibility than equity and feel like TenHaken isn’t following through with his commitment to being supportive of law enforcement.

Wouldn’t you pay on what people do instead of thinking the responsibility of all the officers are the same?

This is what happens when you have a partisan-hack who comes from a non-union corporate structure that rewards ‘SALES’ over actual ‘WORK’. This is why I have despised sales people for a very long time. Not all ‘worker bees’ are the same, and they shouldn’t be treated that way.

During the campaign, TenHaken said he’d have an open-door policy for police officers, who have since been told to direct all communications to the mayor through the chief of police; and the mayor didn’t attend any of the negotiation hearings or a recent briefing between the City Council and the union, Holbeck said.

If Paul would have bothered to show up to a couple of meetings, he might have learned something. I guess he was too busy filming carpool karaoke with pastor Keith in his Lexus. Which many people have asked me if the officer was on the clock while filming this or was he just given a free ‘bottle of pop’?

Why is it so hard for city government leaders to complete some of the easiest tasks? If they can’t negotiate a simple union contract, I hate to see what is in store for transit riders. Grab your ankles, the bus is now in motion.


#1 scott on 12.10.18 at 7:50 pm

wwjd? jesus would drive a lexus of course.

#2 Warren Phear on 12.10.18 at 8:23 pm

Was it only 8 months ago the FOP rejected Jolene for the ten haken toolbox? Karma. Sucks, don’t it.

#3 Franklin Delano on 12.10.18 at 8:28 pm

So let me get this straight..the Argus article said the two other City employee unions already passed similar contracts overwhelmingly, and for a second contract in a row the police union is unsatisfied? There’s a lot of people I know that would love a chance at a 3% because never even been offered anything close to that. Unbelievable.

#4 Taco Bar on 12.10.18 at 9:06 pm

Missing meetings, not talking at a homeless meeting, but making time for carpool karaoke…. Welcome to Kardashian leadership.

#5 l3wis on 12.10.18 at 9:09 pm

Yeah, he’s going to find out doxxing for Rounds and moving Pitty’s servers around is a lot better gig.

#6 Andy on 12.10.18 at 9:12 pm

The Police Union deserves every bit of this
& more for their absolutely reprehensible behavior towards Jolene Loetscher during the last week of the mayoral campaign. They completely misrepresented her advertising and flat out lied to voters with their vicious pandering to the press. The chickens are coming home to roost, cowards.

#7 Scott D Hudson on 12.10.18 at 9:16 pm

I wish I had never know about the karaoke thing. What a fucking hack.

#8 Jimmy Hoffa on 12.10.18 at 9:37 pm

You would think Franklin D Roosevelt would know social security recipients are getting a 2.8 COLA in 2019 while the city offered less like they have done in several years past. It appears to me the FOP is trying to get away from having to rely on COLAs for wages to a longevity and specialty pay model which is something the city can’t control. Did anyone else notice the city didn’t mention the wage study they paid big bucks for….wonder why.

#9 D@ily Spin on 12.10.18 at 10:33 pm

Police should hold out. They got pittance during Huether while he gave directors 5 figures.

#10 D@ily Spin on 12.11.18 at 8:45 am

To polish his image, TenHaken should do ride alongs with Police and Transit.

#11 Taxpaying Voter on 12.11.18 at 9:57 am

Thanks Scott.

Watching the mayor take time to do carpool karaoke at the same time he is avoiding important negotiation hearings and a recent briefing between the City Council and the union is all I need to know about this guy.

This needs to be saved and replayed for any attempts he makes to run for future political office.

Gotta love those Starbucks Ladies….

They didn’t even know who he was!!!

#12 anominous on 12.11.18 at 9:57 am

If the cops don’t find the mayor’s missing Coke, they will get no COLA.

#13 Novesky on 12.11.18 at 1:09 pm

Since when does any mayor go to contract negotiations meetings? Never. That is a false flag. Looks like the copper’s union could take some tips from the fire dept. They know how to negotiate a contract and not come off looking incredibly poorly, again.

#14 l3wis on 12.11.18 at 1:21 pm

I have been hearing that.

#15 LJL on 12.11.18 at 7:17 pm

Just sad…

#16 Blue collar on 12.11.18 at 10:28 pm

I’ll make this real simple for everyone. I’ve been observing labor causes in SD for many years. The bottom line is this is a right to work state and if an agreement is not reached, governmental entities are more or less going to impose what they want as long as it is reasonable. All the protesting from unions is really little more than mere noise before the inevitable conclusion. To expect something else is naive.

#17 Paul ElevenHaken on 12.12.18 at 7:21 am


#18 Dutch Mafia on 12.12.18 at 8:58 am

I’d like to see him apologize for the treatment of that officer (it’s okay I’ve got this wave off) and the creepy “sweetheart” comment made by the snake oil salesman. Way to treat people with respect.

#19 Erica on 12.12.18 at 9:53 am

I am grateful for all those who serve their communties as police officers and firefighters. They definitely don’t make enough money for what they do but there has to be better money management by this city. I voted for TenHanken because I thought he would do a better job of putting money where it should go and then tightening things up on wasteful spending. However so far he seems to be in favor of wasteful projects (like 5g; really pushing for that one without any regards to the health and security risks let alone the costs) and just taxing the people for more ideas he has for his OneSiouxFalls idea…smh

I know many have complained online about Stehly but at least she questions things and wants further research before making decisions. We need more peoole like her on both sides of the political aisle working for our city who aren’r so quick to allocate funds to things that may cost more in the end for little return and end up pushing tax payers out of the city because they are tired of slowly being robbed here and there and there to pay for things they never asked for, needed, or even got to vote on.

#20 Warren Phear on 12.12.18 at 11:02 am

Jimmy Hoffa…the wage study does not bode well for the FOP.

#21 Wrong on 12.12.18 at 3:08 pm

Warren you are mistaken. The wage study was grossly misleading as is designed. They only looked at base salary and failed to read any of the actual contracts of the depts “studied”. I would encourage you to do so. A common theme is longevity, education, and specialty pay. There is a reason the City didn’t mention the study because when those other variables are figured in SFPD is near the bottom of the “study”.

#22 Warren Phear on 12.12.18 at 6:28 pm

Wrong…that is exactly why I posted what I did. I knew there was another side to this, and was hoping someone in the know would come along and help fill in the gaps. Thank you.