When the Salary Ordinance was presented to the City Council Mayor Buckley took away the Education Stipend for the City employees and left the Education Stipend for the BGPD and BGFD in place supposedly.
Here is what he really did...
There is a clause in the BGPD contract that states that if any Educational Stipends are taken away from any City employee that the BGPD forfeits theirs also.
This does not effect the BGFD because of their contract.
Mayor Buckley stated in a City Council Meeting, "He would never sign anything that would take any money away from his brothers and sisters in public safety."
Congrats BGPD, apparently you aren't related to the Mayor.
This is verified from many sources in case the Mayor tells you that it's not true.(He's good at that ya know!)
Mayor Buckley is encouraging all non unionized City of Beech Grove employees to Unionize. He is so in favor of this that he initiated a meeting between Union Reps and City workers last night.
At this meeting last night the City Employees were informed that the dues to Unionize would be $32.50 per month. I am not sure what the benefit would be to them now as the Salary Ordinance has already passed and goes into effect Jan 1, 2013. The BGPD will lose their Education Stipend at that date.
The reason that Mayor Buckley wants the employees to Unionize is to negotiate a Employment Contract that would give him the language to be able to put the Education Stipend back in place for City Employees thus saving the BGPD's Education Stipend. The problem with that is that he is circumventing a City Ordinance that Mayor Buckley voted for himself(breaking the tie) in Order to cover up his incompetence in running the City of Beech Grove's government.
At the end of the day, had Mayor Buckley voted no on the Ordinance like he publicly stated in a City Council meeting, there would be no need for him to attempt to cover his tracks. This also calls into question the purely political appointment of Former Mayor Warner Wiley's son Craig Wiley as City Attorney. The job of the City Attorney is to serve the citizens of Beech Grove and protect us from doing exactly what just happened.