In 2008, the Labor Committee decided to poll its members across all ranks and divisions on then-Chief Morse’s leadership. He was at that time overseeing a force with low staff morale, which was only compounded when officers learned that 15 recruits, already months into Capitol Police training, had not actually passed the required background, physical and psychological tests before being hired.
Morse received overwhelmingly negative criticism from survey respondents, and the union thought about following up with a no-confidence vote. But that vote never materialized, perhaps because the Senate Rules and Administration Committee quickly convened a hearing on the matter.
Then-Labor Committee President Matt Tighe said that low morale on the force could hinder its ability to carry out its missions and mandates. Four years later, Konczos has similar concerns.
Gainer said he wasn’t worried about that.
“Quibbling over administrative matters, which are important to each side … it certainly interferes with the work environment we all want, but I don’t think that interferes with security,” he said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.