The Supreme Court Ruling on Janus v. AFSCME

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the Janus matter, reversing a 41-year-old precedent, and ruled that the First Amendment prohibits public employee unions from collecting from non-members an “agency” or “fair share” fee. The Janus Decision raises several questions, not the least of which is why remaining a member of PORAC is important. The myriad of important benefits of PORAC membership are only available to those individuals who maintain their membership in a PORAC-affiliated member association.
 
Specifically, LDF coverage is not available to those individuals who choose to discontinue their membership in their local member association. Today’s Supreme Court decision does nothing to change this well-established principle of PORAC /LDF membership, as set forth in our governing documents.
 
This is the dawn of the war against both labor unions and the law enforcement profession in this country, and no association should choose to stand alone. A united voice is more important now than ever before.
 
Thank you for your membership in PORAC.
 
PORAC Board of Directors

PORAC has endorsed Michael Bilbrey for CalPERS *Update-Election Runoff Ballots*

 The CalPERS Board consists of 13 members who are elected, appointed, or hold office ex officio for four-year terms. Their decisions impact all active and retired members.

Ballots for the runoff election of Position B will be mailed on November 10, with voting concluding on December 11.

 Click Here for more Runoff Election information & updates

December 11th is the final day to cast your vote for CalPERS 2017 Member-at-Large Runoff Election.

PORAC continues to endorse & support Michael Bilbrey for CalPERS Member-at-large, Position B.  The new terms of office will begin on January 16, 2018 and run through January 15, 2022. 

Please take the time to vote!

PORAC Seeks to Strengthen Community Trust with New Transparency Bill

For Immediate Release: April 13, 2017
Contact: Michele Cervone (916) 448-3444
mcervone@aaronread.com

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) has introduced legislation to increase positive communication between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Numerous discussions between rank and file law enforcement agencies resulted in the drafting of Assembly Bill 1428, relating to peace officer transparency, by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell).

Co-sponsored by CAHP, PORAC, LAPPL, ALADS, LAPPOA, the Riverside Sherriff’s Association and the Los Angeles Deputy Probation Officers’ Union (AFSCME Local 685), AB 1428 is a response to citizen’s concerns over officer-involved shootings, serious uses of force and subsequent legislation that has been introduced in the recent years.

The goal is to develop legislation that deals more responsibly with the critical issue of public safety and provide a better balance of transparency and accountability, while still protecting the safety of officers and victims.

Specifically, this bill:

  • Requires each department or agency to provide written notification as to the status of an on-going complaint investigation;
  • Requires all county district attorneys, who conduct an investigation of an officer-involved shooting, to publicly report the findings of that investigation;
  • Requires each department or agency to post reports about serious uses of force by their officers;
  • Authorizes an agency or department that employs peace officers to establish a mediation program to resolve biased policing complaints;
  • Requires each department or agency to publicly post the regulations and procedures for investigating complaints made by members of the public and the disciplinary process for each department.

AB 1428 sheds light on police agencies’ internal and external investigations and seeks to increase accountability and communication between law enforcement and the general public. It is scheduled to be heard in Assembly Public Safety on April 18th.