There may be a time come when you have to ask yourself, are you a union member or a cop? You may have to choose where your loyalty is, with a department that might have to take unpopular actions, or with your union that may be losing members to budget cuts. There are few agencies out there that are getting the funding they used to get and most are having to make cuts.
If there are cuts to your agency and then other departments in your city, there may be protests against those cuts; perhaps even violent protests. Are you going to take to the streets in protest if your job is cut? How about if you retain your jobs but your pay is cut 30%? If you still have a job are you willing to deploy to protect your city government or city hall building against other union protesters?
We have seen these union protests become violent in several states. I have seen news footage of fire fighters and even officers in uniform participating in these protests. I don’t think it is appropriate for officers to protest when in uniform. Certainly officers retain all the civil rights of other citizens, but they also have duties and responsibilities that go beyond those of non-sworn citizens; that’s what the SGT Says.