The Hudson County Corrections Superiors PBA isn’t happy about losing a security detail that allowed them to transport members of the homeless population in Jersey City and Hoboken to a warming center in Kearny and the issue was brought to the forefront at Thursday’s meeting of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Hudson County Corrections Superiors PBA President Michael Conrad explained how the corrections supervisors are very qualified and capable of the job, and therefore, was perplexed as to why the Hudson County Sheriff’s Officers received it instead.
Conrad explained that the cost of the detail to the county was about $1,800 a day and that no one wanted the extra work around Thanksgiving. Furthermore, the Kearny warming center will be open until March 15 on days when temperatures drop below 32 degrees.
After some further debate on the subject, District 2 Freeholder Bill O’Dea said that the transportation detail went to the sheriff’s officers after a corrections representative said the sheriffs officers were better suited for the gig.
O’Dea also noted that as a result of the conflict, it was unlikely that any union officers would get work next year – instead being replaced by retired members of law enforcement who would work for lower rates.
After O’Dea and District 5 Freeholder Anthony Romano continued to stress that the corrections officers turned down the transportation detail, Conrad decided not to argue anymore and just called for fair compensation for his union members.
The measure was unanimously approved by the board.