Feb 24, 2016|
Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on Marijuana Dispensary and the Boston Police looking for a raise
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He tells me you you have the right to say yes or no but. I'm just if rubio ticket people texted me one. The that you like. I won't be given myself available to fill effects are there enough. That that definitely works now automatically take 680 I don't know gravelly and it's not all throughout the political all the ultimate authority is 8680 is there to explain. And we'd love for you'd texting questions you might have for councilman Jackson this morning we'll get started right off the bat we something that actually came on Monday you guys held. A public hearing on it that being his arbitration issue related to. Detectives at the police department there an arbitrator is saying that period the police detectives. Deserve a 29%. Pay increase over six years. And other some background here that a little what you did to share you know this is an arbitration it's gone for quite some time in. And is a whole lot of feeling about this at this idea as a person once you get as the backdrop. So rather the backdrop is this is actually beat the last. Actual unit. Bargaining unit out of this round. I'm so this would actually close out of this round of negotiations. Essentially what happened here. Is that these individuals. Are actually have. More tenure. Then would be in regular police officers right and so on their argument. Was that. Bears is an extension of that of of that contract. But they don't there's no there's no first year detector. I don't you don't you can't be an act of your first year so your your third there and sole combat was there are there argument. Humvee met 41 times with the administration and I would note on that the charter of the city of Boston does not allow the City Council. Ought to be involved in collective bargaining bargaining agreements from I want that would just with the man yet don't think the founders of that arm and so. We we are we are not involved in that part of what we are tree are involved in the actual. Our monetary award I fiscal aspects of this our goal to be Boston City Council. And so does affect I Wii I don't I don't like arbitration I don't it's I want people to handle things at the table. I'm I believe that we have an opportunity to do those things. Tom this is also on sustainable in terms of the numbers. A relative to a city budget arm and a budget were tracing over fifty million dollars in education cuts and our upcoming year. But that part about arbitration or BQ missed the world is that it's called binding arbitration ranked right and so. When two parties go into week contract and they say. That is due to over here in in in the light and in the light blue is going to decide. But they've signed off on the right it's binding right of soul it puts people in and hit it out it's a difficult. Situation while we don't wanna be in the situation. What are the rules are that it is buying brand sole combat war will mean that I walk passable. Today. On but I I believe. You know with Adam many others are we as a council will also make a statement about. Bomb binding arbitration. A white actor. Arbitration as a whole night and expertise and that I'm in terms of public safety we want folks have to deal with these issues at the table. Ominous amenable fashion I'm really for that 44. The building a budget that's actually going to work right over the course of time. Well 30% at 29% over the course of time to. OK so it's 29% for the detectives let me just run through this the races that were already given out. Where the police union get 25%. The police the fire. Fighters 19%. And non public safety union. Got twelve point 6% this this arbitration would mean about one point two million dollars annually. It's my understanding correct. An and that takes up and and them just the right to this real quickly that's roughly a 166. Kindergarten seats. 800 summer jobs and fifty police cadets and. It's at this and that you know and again the the actual odd dollars. Our our significant bomb this is a smaller unit there's about 277. Our individuals are and and probably sustaining that continually look to your point. I'm beat. Having an an and what should what should also stated there is that the the police were given were determined Torre right and what and then if you work at a Boston through the senator for youth and families and I you know you're giving up 12% yeah it's right if error. You know a a Jenner and city holding area opposite. 68680 is or text line if you have any questions for councilman TO Jackson it is 757. Here under the New York you know boston.com march up. It applies here of the New York you know plus the fact. If we go back to politics and talk more about the South Carolina. Partners of the coming up of course on Saturday in lesson that town halls and there in South Carolina but in the meantime we have. Tito Jackson here in studio with us of course Boston city councilor just moments ago we're talking about this binding arbitration. Related to detectives in the police department looks like you're gonna get 29%. Pay increase over the next is it six or seven years and. Actually sovereign it is Rex it was a battle and so I by the way so you know on that actually it ends on June 2006. So it's going to be he to retro active in the regular Atlanta and we have to go back to go back to the table. This is toast I I was like that's another reason more so by the way did the other. Side of this that we vote its parent of the City Council they also host reached part. The whole process that. So there that's that build habits who parts of this rise over. We could be looking at is going to be new negotiations is still negotiating behind. OK a six out of 6680 is are taxed like by the way and texting your questions as a ton of questions coming apparently wonderful related to this. Yeah and and I wanna make sure the people who maybe didn't hear you say this or the issue is that this is binding. And so whatever this arbitrator. Whatever it when you go into binding arbitration where an arbitrator says is what's gonna have to go because that's the rules of the game. He doesn't really you can you can vote this down but you really can't stop this trip. Cuomo if we voted down the whole process will begin again and they'll probably won't end up in arbitration and then generally arbitrators are not going to. Over it's it's pretty bad precedent for arbitrators to overrule the prior arbitrators. Opinion right. Right so it is a very difficult situation and and as noted what should happen is all of our public seek the arguments of sit down. There was you have a conversation about the basic elements causes this issue Vick people keep on speaking about. Around parity. I saw how much do you make Kim rather than how much how much army Europe firefighter and a and I'm a police officer how much how much we mean it right now to about 1101000. So that's winner of -- these are average you are averaged. And so that but that real underlying issues that that is a race to the bottom four schools it's arranged for the bottom off for public works it's a risk about it for a lot of the other essential resources that we have to provide people in the city of Boston so. I'm again set you know not what we wanna do not the position that we we need to be in but it is binding among believe that we need to move forward and do better in the future yeah I mean twenty or so he cannot just steamed that as a city is what you said and what we're doing here is we're setting a precedent. And we're not doing it in our schools soared this is another component one of the ways that we kind of have this offer the past. Is that if we invest in the young people in the future. I'm and we you know we stop our dropout rate right because if you're 61 before and your drop in the city of Boston on 28 out of those are people arbor art in jail any day of the year is really really bad that statistic out so we need to invest in our schools and that's one of things that I've put on a regular basis as the chair of education or with to fix that fifty million dollar gap that we. And we're talking you know an influence and detectives of police officers and firefighters I take my hat off to those people detectives he of one I think that's been said. In their defense. I hear is that these guys you know. You have a homicide happens at the end of their shift and instead. And they work two or three days of mean these guys are working hard and I say guys I mean guys women you know whomever these people are working hard I get. About the effect on the families to cure all. And that's real amendment thing as we have individuals been in and puts it in in met. In this unit or doing amazing amazing things from there are clear Torre. I'm there is. Moving upward and so again you to your point we don't have a third shift of of detectives with a first and second shift until after M and a and also at the end. On if they need more police officers you know murder still police officers now need more police officers they can also have mandatory overtime fumble on that list too. I'm so there's a lot to be said about are the war that that's the bad happens. That's said. I don't wanna do this if I don't wanna be in the position where our as we get to only bolt up or down. On something that's that's bargaining that's not we don't really the position that the council should be. Do you think that who's gonna be open to the idea of getting rid of this arbitration issue I mean I the unions analysts also gonna be any given day. I think there's an opportunity for the council to take a leadership role in have a conversation not about exact. Components of v.s. Of these actual. Back in force but we can actually have a conversation about. Writ large income. What we wanna see. And also on Saint Louis and we don't wanna see this again and we see began on win we will take action in seeing him again rhetoric that's something that we can do as a council and I look forward to sharing with other City Council to do that at all. Bill and says he expects it to be approved based on history because you bet tougher fights larger groups is he says more significant dollar amounts in the past. Yes. And also it's finding right let's put that right I like so seeing a divot goes from here if I was with gold and then the other piece to. We're talking about six years priced right right and go ahead goal with out having another contract. And then that number could in doubt but by the way. It can also end up going up upward if we go into an officer on our portraits of such and so again very difficult situation. Dog and send us here to do easy stuff I'm but I do think this is the suits which to work while we're gonna have to move forward. I will be out supporting this and Tom you know looking for to do about doing a better in the next there's an issue coming. For the council so it's been brought up I think by councilman clarity and it's related to new dispensaries were not there yet you know. Marijuana dispensaries city. Okay that's an issue we're gonna take up we're gonna take a break but we were talk about that. We're talking to councilman budget you know Jackson you've got any questions 68680. Is or text line it's a twelfth in the WRKO boston.com march. It take nineteen your WRK a Boston back porch if you think is likely experience a different view that not continued Jackson in your studio to open up. It's classic does so on point in time you'll we have to deal. Next time you mean yeah we're gonna run. July 8 FaceBook feed. It during the commercial. To kill Tito on like I know he'll unplug there broker and we will put the duke who put them. Lehman ordered PG thirteen off I I I I Augusta different results were Jack and another. We were talking before the break about this idea. There's been a proposal. Put forth to in the council chambers about the F keeping dispensaries and we're talking about marijuana medicinal marijuana dispensaries. A mile apart. Yes so I was in the bomb it and you all of the site. So council clarity as before this idea to have. Spare space in between dispensaries. I believe that we should not have in the city of Boston. He. Marijuana Al Lee or a marijuana which it's you know or marijuana streaks I I I believe that I don't think there should be a specific sex and you know. We have little Italy. I think our thing to edit the smoke and yes I know I guess I don't I don't I don't know I bet that would be bad guys that would put the issue but I guess the question is. What is the right amount of space on the initial legislation actually I was half a mile. O'Malley has been extended to one mark on I look forward to hearing more about this but the quick you know Boston is twenty miles long right right so the question is. How does this affect us several components warn this is about Madison currently it's so what movement this summer marijuana. Tom from medical perspective is fair to treat a whole host of of things. I've spoken to an individual's paralyzed who expects this to be issues with muscles and and let me know that this is very helpful for him. I'm so the question is are people able to forget it and that's a component that epic which would look at. But the flip side is also a from a business perspective. Arctic is is there are competitive environment right in in in that space so I think goals with two things that I'll actually I'll be looking I think I've become my home maybe a little a little 401 of the things. You said we're chatting about this off years used to perfect examples of just bringing down so people can kind of get a sense of this. You know these are Walgreens and CVS on each corner in the answer is yes they can be sitting right across the street from one another. So why couldn't these dispensaries be sitting across the street from one another that that that's a question that you should you punt. Dead and I and I do want to raise that that question because a real underlying issue is. I'm one of arguably competitiveness but also again if this is this is a menace and that people I'd meet and so we do need to deal with it's who availability and almonds and also the question is does it limit from the actual number that war Kirk got in this region because there's let's just have to remember about five. Of that supposed to occur in the sweet and so I think we need to be very mindful and an awful and proactive about how we I think about the our medical marijuana and and also we obviously have on our ballot a recreational marijuana on that is is potentially coming up. Ripping through a tablet that I think you're scoring to get past. And IE you know I'm I believe that I'm d'souza area where we spend. I'm a lot of resources that I'm in terms of a RR a judicial resources as well as a locking people up for 50000 dollars a year. Or something that we should deal with I'm in another space a big of people have. Mental health issues that people have addiction issues that we can better treat him an outpatient facility instead of locking up folks up and I think we do wait too much in that space and this is. As we've seen across the state of Massachusetts I'm with Opel unit scorers on this is another area where we can actually better use our resources and outpatient. Yeltsin do you find it. Odd that we're talking about open to a deal crisis in this state acknowledging him. And yet this this calendar year we may vote to legalize marijuana could be gateway drug. Were the best you speak for yourself. It's so so. About it well. They're relevant and waive off an announcement. Oh lead you have a good night yeah. I. I thought about it. But the real underlying issue is is is this we need more resources to deal with this'll be experts and and I would say I do to seem to preface my comments about the opener experts there. I if it frustrates me that in the seventies when people came back from Vietnam. That we can help them when they're on heroin and upsets me that him in my neighborhood and community when crack cocaine. Hit if the city of Boston and urban areas across the other country that instead of helping people. In DO dealing with that as we're now calling a public health crisis. On that we've got three strikes we got mandatory sentence and and we we lock them up and throw away the key on that is that is not what we should have done. I'm and I am happy that we are now in a different space but it does frustrate me. That individuals I'm from our urban urban communities were not treated what and with the same. I think. Humanity on relative to how we deal with visa pledge. Saying if you're seeing in the suburbs now and then suddenly becomes a health crisis sick as a public it's become public health crisis vs the public safety issue and I just wanna put that are out there I'm not saying that we shouldn't do that because epic the real underlying issue common and on some of what's happening at the state. I believe it's positive but the real underlying issues that the two of the most expensive place to treat somebody is in the emergency room so keeping people for three days in the emergency room. That bet money could be better used by creating more detox right and Barbara. And I did pharmaceutical sales for about eight years are for Johnson talks on the Eli Lilly and a couple of other companies. This is when you have an open you wave. Predicted this is a physical addiction ladies and gentlemen like this isn't you you're not gonna kick it like kicking your view here your coffee habit your Coca-Cola habit. You actually physically need to articulate your system and thing you need to be supported with individuals and helping with the mental health issues that are around with a Paramus new many peep or depressed. I'm many people or using this really that self medicate themselves on to not deal with the other underlying issues that app if we really low folk. I'm then we will actually. Do we need to do and this actually means organ have to spend some money. And commit that belt those dollars come to the loved ones that we are now Barry. And masses that's the very sad a sad part. Let me go back to marijuana for just wants or if if we legalize marijuana you in favor the idea tents in the daylights out of it to use that those dollars. Amen and amen yes weekend so what I would say view is I this is the that's the that's to meet the best avenue and you'll you will see me jump on that right after it if it passes. Bomb that we can't there's all kind of I don't know there's all kinds of taxes that should go on top of that particular recreational marijuana bomb you know I've been hurt states that are testing up to 152025%. On that also picked gives us a pot of resources and revenue bomb that is based on individuals to purchase a command of his stuff is not cheap arm the people are spoke to the average transaction is a 10010 dollars and top parts per transaction. And so bat pod of no pun intended. That pot of of a money could be re allocated to deal with the underlying issues of addiction on that we haven't been around our state and also are Mason. And so you know on a national level. It's gotten so bad that the life expectancy of people in the United States of America you. These are going down and a right so that's a huge. We're talking to Tito Jackson. And unfortunately counsel and our time has come to and it is and you got a busy schedule you'll come back because that we need to talk about schools. I wanna talk about August of charters that chart and we didn't get started the point one million dollars or restaurant and given that the guns and northeast and yes we'll have more to talk about right. I yes and I can't wait to come back this is going to be a good time. I'm I'm the FaceBook break no problem with him go we well we ought to deliberate deceit we actually argument that I mean it's just don't want a Clinton would you have a red button over there. I remember we had been there through the red blood work for the FaceBook at a record. Digitally put it really believe this or is it automatically I'll. Tito Jackson City Council thank you so much for that at least 18 point seven nearly WRK a boston.com.