Category Archives: Labor Issues

PA FOP Labor Seminar


April 6 through April 9, 2017

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel
4650 Lindle Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111


Our annual Labor Seminar will be held at the above location from Thursday, April 6th through Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

The attached registration form includes all pertinent information regarding the seminar, except the agenda that is forthcoming. Hotel registration must be completed by the member(s) by phone (800.325.3535). The Labor Seminar registration form can be found online at

The $80 registration fee includes one labor manual, lunch on Friday and Saturday (breakfast is included with hotel registration), and a hospitality room on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 8 PM to midnight.

Please contact the lodge office with any questions.


Joe Regan, Recording Secretary
Fraternal Order of Police
Pennsylvania State Lodge

US Supreme Court Case

The US Supreme Court overrules and remands 3rd Circuit case concerning demotion of police officer.

“JUSTICE BREYER delivered the opinion of the Court.
The First Amendment generally prohibits government officials from dismissing or demoting an employee because of the employee’s engagement in constitutionally protected political activity. See Elrod v. Burns, 427 U. S. 347 (1976); Branti v. Finkel, 445 U. S. 507 (1980); but cf. Civil Service Comm’n v. Letter Carriers, 413 U. S. 548, 564 (1973). In this case a government official demoted an employee because the official believed, but incorrectly believed, that the employee had supported a particular candidate for mayor. The question is whether the official’s factual mistake makes a critical legal difference. Even though the employee had not in fact engaged in protected political activity, did his demotion “deprive” him of a “right . . . secured by the Constitution”? 42 U. S. C. §1983. We hold that it did.” …

Click Here to Read the Entire Opinion

Labor Team Attends Seminar

Philadelphia, PA –  Labor Chairman Ken Hawthorn, attorneys Sean Welby, Ian Blynn, and Christopher Cook  attended a labor arbitration seminar at the PA Convention center today.    The Labor Arbitration Institute holds seminars throughout the United States on an annual basis.

“The seminar allowed us to hear how the arbitrators fashion their decisions,” said Ken Hawthorn.

The seminar places four arbitrators on stage with red and green lights. The moderator reads a case and they decide by activating the light. The arbitrators are then called on to discuss their decision making process.  The seminar also includes case studies and recent decisions.

Bargaining Tips


For all PBA/PA in Act 111 negotiations or going soon;

The attached graph (courtesy of Mockenhaupt) shows the historic value of State Aid (ref MMO).

Each eligible police officer gets 2 Units, each eligible civilian employee gets 1 unit.  For 2015, that value for an officer is $7,841.66.

For example, when your Twp or Boro tells you they paid $500,000 for the MMO, ask them or tell them the State Aid they received is $7, 841.66 x number of eligible officers = ____________

(Eg.- $500,000 MMO – 25 officers [25 x $7,841.66 = $196,041.50] = $303,958.50)

Knowledge is key.  Look at their budget.  Its public record.  Find out where they put the State Aid and bring it to their attention.  They all want to say the MMO has gone up, but so has State Aid, “what did you do with the check you got back from the State?”

Call them on it………. They only seem to remember the check they signed, they all seem to forget they get a portion of that back….


Ken Hawthorn-

Lodge #53 Labor Chairman

Commonwealth Court Case: Act 111 Ruling

The below linked Commonwealth Court case emphasizes the importance of strictly following the time lines in Act 111 negotiations. Even if everything is going well, you must serve the head of the municipality the impasse letter.

As of now, the officers in Gettysburg lost a whole year of wages due to one letter…….

Samples of bargaining letters are available on the web site. You may also send me an email and I will forward the sample letters to you.


Ken Hawthorn
Treasurer & Labor Committee Chairman
Bucks Co FOP Lodge #53