Thursday, May 31, 2012

Arbitrator: Mileage padding ‘almost a work rule’ in fire prevention unit - Basically Chicago is so CORRUPT that it's OK

Padding mileage expenses was so entrenched and condoned in Chicago’s Fire Prevention Bureau, it was “almost a work rule,” an arbitrator ruled Thursday, overturning the city’s firing of four firefighters and reducing lengthy suspensions for 44 others.

Independent arbitrator Edwin H. Benn said there is “no real dispute” that all of the accused Chicago firefighters “knowingly submitted inaccurate mileage reimbursement reports and obtained compensation for mileage — ranging in some cases into the thousands of dollars — that they did not actually incur.”

But, Benn noted that the alleged mileage padding was a “decades-long practice” that was taught, “condoned and encouraged by supervisors.” In fact, Benn noted that many of the inspectors were “assured by their supervisors that the accuracy of their mileage totals would not be challenged.”

As a result, the arbitrator wrote, “It is fair to conclude that the condonation and supervisory encouragement of employees to submit the maximum amount allowable for mileage reimbursement instead of submitting actual mileage expenses incurred was so deep, long-standing and pervasive that it went beyond condonation to rise to the level of becoming almost a work rule” in the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Although the charges are serious and might otherwise warrant firings and even longer suspensions, Benn wrote, “The amount of discipline imposed under these circumstances cannot be of a degree that should be imposed if condonation and encouragement at this level did not exist.”

In a 30-page ruling issued Thursday, Benn: reinstated four fired firefighters and ordered them to serve 40-day suspensions instead; reduced four 60-day suspensions to 40 days; cut 23 forty-five-day suspensions to 25 days; reduced 17 thirty-day suspensions to 20 days and allowed two supervisors who resigned to rescind their resignations. The captain was ordered to serve a 40-day suspension. The lieutenant was handed 25 unpaid days off.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm... but if all involved were white instead of nigs, all would be fired.

I Voted For Obama said...

Edwin H. Benn voted for Obama, then asked him where was his five bucks for voting for him.

Anonymous said...

Somtimes when I nap I dream of traveling thousands of miles, then I wake up and write down the mileage before I forget.

Anonymous said...

Yep, dude can do whatever...rules are for y'all.

Anonymous said...

So, Benn says it's OK to steal?

Then the CPD guys from the Summerdale Scandal (020) should all get back pay!

Anonymous said...

More CFD thieves.....and all of them are shines. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

Irish Welfare/Scumbag Sense of Entitlement that is drummed into Chicago/Cook County Employees.

Anonymous said...

Coppers that were fired for shaking down taverns in 15 and 18 in the 70's should receive back pay and a pension . Wasn't that activity condonded by 11th & State , District Commanders had a club and district vice men to collect monthly(bag men)
bookies were shook down for pay offs , many commanding officers of gambling unit later became superintendent.

Anonymous said...

Just quit payin Taxes. It's the ONLY solution. If you give it to Crookago, they'll spend it wastefully, and steal and extort u out of even more.

Anonymous said...

It's ok to committ THEFT....

Anonymous said...

MAYBE, someone in the Corporation Counsel office SHOULD BE FIRED!It's called a"CONTRACT" for a reason,IT GOES BOTH WAYS. Why did the IG get involved in discipline?, Who was the "LESD" attorney for the City, AND HOW MUCH DID THAT IDIOT PAY RAHM TO BECOME AN ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY?

Anonymous said...

This just makes me want to puke...no personal integrity, AT ALL. Double standards all the way, "business as usual."

Anonymous said...

Wow, fatboy medical abuser and chronic masturbator Shaved complains about corruption.

Fucking Polish hyporcrite.

Now go suck some donkey dick.

Anonymous said...

You bet your sweet ass they would!

Anonymous said...

Hey that motherfucking captain Altmann battered a marine unit officer and got away with it, did you really think anything would happen to these douchbags?

Anonymous said...

Make way for DUKE!!

Anonymous said...

You can't expect colored to toe the line, so you move the line.

Anonymous said...

Must have been the same arbitrator who overturned the firing of a fucking lazy scum bag grease ball (T.B.)who went home for 2-3 hours with a city truck !!!!
Go figure.....

Anonymous said...

If you're connected to the Rev's you can do anythibg you want.. Democratic votes.....

SpankDaddy said...

Typical.