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Captains' Quarterly archives: Vol. 1, No. 1 (Fall, 1991)
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20-Year Retirement Tops CCA's Priorities for 1992
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In April 1991, Donald Cranston retired due to health reasons and I became the president of the CCA. At this point, the executive board of the CCA was realigned and responsibilities were redefined . . . .

Before I list our priorities for the upcoming year, I would like to introduce the experts we have assembled to work for the CCA. . . .

HARRY GREENBERG, Special Counsel: Mr. Greenberg comes to the CCA with many years of experience in labor relations. We intend to keep him very busy with the 20-year pension, contract demands and member grievances.

MORTIMER MATZ ASSOCIATES, Public Relations: As you have seen . . . . already, Mr. Matz will be helping us with our battles. He will also make the Mayor's office and general public aware of the difficulties captains face in the department.

FLOYD HOLLOWAY, Albany Lobbyist: Mr. Holloway,
CCA President Peter Meringolo.
who has years of experience in labor and legislative matters, will be our representative in Albany and at all levels of government. His top-priority assignment is to help us obtain the 20-year pension.

ARTHUR L STRIER, Legal Medical Counsel: Mr. Strier's counseling services are being expanded to include consultations on Social Security disability claims, workers compensation, personal injury lawsuits, Civil Service Commission appeals, and disability pension awards. Mr. Strier will be available through the CCA office 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency consultation.

On June 15, 1991, Captain Stanley Rhem was buried and the Correction Captains Association mourned the loss of a dedicated member and hero. Stanley sacrificed his own life to save the life of a friend and to stop a crime being committed . . . . His act of valor honors all Correction Captains and the entire law enforcement community . . . .

After Stanley's death, the CCA posted $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer. As a result of this reward, a suspect is now in custody. We hope swift justice is done. The CCA also promises a relentless effort to achieve for Stanley Rhem a line-of-duty death, which will provide numerous benefits to his family.

Each and every member of the CCA has deepest sympathy for Stanley's wife, Brenda, and his children, Latoya and Lamont.


  • 20-Year Pension: More than 600 of our 950 captains must work 25 years before they can retire with half pay. This is unacceptable, and we are mounting an exhaustive campaign to obtain the 20-year half-pay benefit we rightly deserve. ision.
  • A Contract: We have decided to set specific priorities in our demands. Our highest priority is the three additional tours worked each month by captains promoted after July 1, 1990. We have found this to be an inequity which divides our union, and we will fight it. A second major concern is the 10 rescheduled tours. Reports indicate that the city's financial condition is not good, and our tactic will be to assure ourselves that the financial numbers submitted by the city in negotiations are accurate and true . . . .
  • Shift Reduction and Rescheduling: The . . . arbitrary . . . closing down posts is jeopardizing the safety and security of our captains. We are currently fighting to stop this practice.
  • Communications: We are determined to provide ongoing communication with our captains so all members are aware of what is happening in the CCA. CAPTAINS' QUARTERLY is just one of our efforts to keep you informed on union matters. We also will distribute pressing information to delegates for immediate posting.
  • Respect and Recognition: We are now engaged in an all-out effort to gain respect and recognition for all captains from the managers of our department. Correction Captains are, without doubt, the hardest workers performing the hardest job in the Correction Department. . . .

Let me assure you that the present CCA executive board is committed to serving you better . . . I can't promise a win on every issue, but I can promise a no-holds-barred attempt to gain for the CCA everything it deserves.

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