Ald. Tony Zielinski
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Alderman Zielinski takes action to save police and fire positions

Alderman Zielinski drafted a resolution that would allow residents and corporations to donate to Milwaukee’s Police and Fire Departments.

By - Oct 17th, 2017 12:52 pm

Alderman Tony Zielinski is taking action to save police and firefighter positions after Mayor Tom Barrett’s announced 2018 proposed City Budget would lead to steep cuts to emergency response positions and closures of Milwaukee fire houses.

Alderman Zielinski drafted a resolution that would allow residents and corporations to donate to Milwaukee’s Police and Fire Departments. His hope is to keep officers and firefighters from losing their positions, saying that public safety and quick response times have to be a priority.

Alderman Zielinski says, “Recently a resident testified in a budget meeting about how the paramedics saved her life. In her case and so many others, every second counted. In my view this is exactly why we need to keep every cop and every firefighter in place.”

The resolution was drafted and referred at the Common Council meeting. It will then appear before the next Finance & Personnel committee. If the resolution passes the Council, residents and corporations could donate to the fund to support Milwaukee firefighters and police.

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7 thoughts on “Alderman Zielinski takes action to save police and fire positions”

  1. kLM747 says:

    This guy is a true disgrace as an alderman. I wonder how much Tony Z. will contribute to save these jobs. I suggest half of his yearly salary should be given . Put your money where your mouth is Tony Z.

  2. Ted Chisholm says:

    This is an utterly ridiculous idea, the sort of thing that just barely qualifies for the B-side of “Tony’s Greatest Hits: The Streetcar Years.” While we’re at it, we might as well rig up the squad cars à la NASCAR.

  3. Observer says:

    Tony should be working on a plan to get fire and police pensions and healthcare in check.

  4. John Q says:

    It’s a city wide pension! The police and fire do not have their own!!! So every city worker gets a pension! They take home less money for the right to get a pension. If a police officer or firefighter has such a great job, they are always looking for new hires.

  5. Observer says:

    The police and fire department are treated separate as a “Protective Services Employee”. Here, you can read it yourself. Did you not hear of Act 10? http://www.cmers.com/CMERS/10MemberHandbook.pdf

  6. P P says:

    Did you know the “Protective Services” cops and firefighters don’t collect Social Security? Thanks to Ronald Regan. Maybe that’s why we bargained for our pension in the 70’s and 80’s. Gave up pay raises then to secure our future.

  7. Observer says:

    P.P. Everyone knows that. You were told that when you applied to be a City of Milwaukee Fire or Police man along with you needing to live in Milwaukee. Yet you applied knowing that. Does Joe Q. Citizen know you can retire at age 49? That you paid 0 towards your retirement unless you were recently hired? See page 38 and up. http://www.cmers.com/CMERS/10MemberHandbook.pdf Here’s starting Milwaukee pay-$57,291 per year after completing your paid Police Academy training (Academy pay is $1,648 bi-weekly).

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