What is progressive discipline?

Someone submitted a question to us recently asking for a definition of progressive discipline. We decided to outsource this one to the Indiana University Human Resources Services (go Hoosiers), which has a good definition online. http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/training/ca/progressive.html#a Got a labor or employment law-related question? Send it to us.

Contracts In The News Updated

New contract information added for the following departments: Newport, Rhode Island Fire Department DuPage County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office Ventura, California Fire Department See details…

Jacksonville mayor withdraws unfair labor complaint against police union

Recently elected Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has withdrawn an unfair labor practice complaint against the police union that was filed in June by his predecessor, John Peyton. The original complaint stemmed from negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police that had gone on for almost two years. The city became upset when the FOP requested […]

Albany police sergeant, not city, must pay in gun incident with co-worker

In May, Albany, New York police sergeant Kevin McKenna was found liable in a civil lawsuit that resulted from his pointed a loaded handgun at a woman. Now an arbitrator has ruled that the city is not responsible for his legal fees. McKenna’s decision to point a loaded gun at Morton was not related to […]

Arbitrator rules city wrong to cut firefighter compensation

An independent arbitrator has ruled that the city of Stockton did not have the right to impose wage cuts on its firefighters, but did have the right to close a truck company.. The arbitrator, Alexander Cohn, said that the city’s financial situation did not constitute a “imminent threat,” as specified by the contract language. From […]

City and fire union reach first contract agreement since 2005

The City of Newport and its firefighters union have signed their first labor agreement since 2005. The agreement is split into two contracts, one covering July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2011 and the other July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. The contract reduces minimum staffing and increases what firefighters pay towards retirement and […]

Police Union President’s Email Sparks Controversy

Warren Police Association President John Barnes’ angry email, which rails against state GOP leaders, has caused a minor controversy. Barnes is trying to gather support for a recall of first-term state representative Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, who Barnes described as low-hanging fruit. According to ClickonDetroit.com, Barnes’ email states that he does not believe police officers should […]