Ohio Turns Back a Law Limiting Unions’ Rights

COLUMBUS, OH &#8211 A year after Republicans swept legislatures across the country, voters in Ohio delivered their verdict Tuesday on a centerpiece of the conservative legislative agenda, striking down a law that restricted public workers’ rights to bargain collectively. The landslide vote to repeal the bill — 62 percent to 38 percent, according to preliminary […]

Police union files suit over pension changes

HOLLYWOOD, FL &#8211 Hollywood’s police union has filed suit over drastic changes made to their pensions, saying the city violated an agreement going back to 2006 and never should have put the issue to voters this September. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Broward Circuit Court, is the first of what will likely be several challenges […]

Voters end binding arbitration for palo alto police, firefighters

PALO ALTO, CA &#8211 Palo Alto voters on Tuesday passed Measure D by 67.3 percent, ending binding arbitration for police and firefighters. The measure’s passage repealed an article of the City Charter that mandates binding arbitration when contract negotiations between the city and public safety unions come to an impasse. Tony Spitaleri, a 38-year veteran […]

Poll finds voters split on political campaigning by police, firefighters

TULSA, OK &#8211 Mayor Dewey Bartlett issued an executive order this year banning such activities, reversing the policy of his predecessor Kathy Taylor. An even 50 percent of the 508 likely voters surveyed by SoonerPoll.com from Oct. 27-Nov. 1 agreed with Bartlett. Forty-seven percent said the police and firefighters should be allowed to campaign, with […]