CPs Vote No Confidence In InstituteBy Mike Hall
The MIT Campus Police Association voted a unanimous “no confidence” in the MIT police management, signifying a further degradation in relations between the Association and the Institute.
In a press release issued last Thursday, the Association characterized the police department’s managerial style as “negative and obstructive.” The Association also stated that “instead of trying to facilitate the officers’ jobs, management seems determined to demean and deride officers in the performance of their important public safety functions.”
The MIT Campus Police have worked for over a year now without a contract with MIT. The Association’s vote addressed key issues in the conflict, such as involuntary overtime, proper recognition of police officers’ EMT skills, and funding for continuing education.
David Achenbach, manager of labor relations for the Institute, stated that the Association’s vote will not alter the Institute’s approach to negotiations. The Institute’s goal, Achenbach said, is still to reach an agreement “that is in the best interests of the officers and MIT.”
The no confidence vote is the latest salvo in the fifteen-month battle between the Association and the Institute. The two sides are far from agreement, raising the spectre of an Association strike. Since the MIT Campus Police are private-sector employees, a labor stoppage is legal.
Achenbach downplayed the possibility of a strike, stating that “MIT is focused on trying to reach a settlement through negotiations.”