Chicago police sue newspaper over published photos of police

CHICAGO, IL &#8211 Five Chicago police officers have sued the Chicago Sun-Times over publishing photo lineups that included names and faces of the officers standing next to Richard J. Vanecko, former Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew. The federal lawsuit alleges that the newspaper violated the officers’ privacy by disclosing personal information on their drivers’ licenses, such […]

Tacoma council accepts $1.6M in concessions to avoid firefighter layoffs

TACOMA, WA &#8211 As expected, Tacoma’s City Council accepted $1.6 million of concessions Tuesday from the city’s fire union aimed to help spare 44 firefighters from a first round of layoffs amid an ongoing budget crisis. But, just as they did when striking a similar deal with the police union last week, several council members […]

Arizona Considering End To Collective Bargaining

Arizona’s Republican Legislature could virtually wipe out public employee unions in a sweeping new package of legislation far broader than the collective-bargaining bills that shut down Wisconsin’s Capitol last spring. The bills would: Make it illegal for government bodies to collectively bargain with employee groups. Public safety unions would be included in the ban. End […]

NYPD Officers Can’t Wear NYPD Hats

NEW YORK, NY &#8211 The NYPD really has turned into the fashion police. A new order from Commissioner Raymond Kelly bans city cops from wearing merchandise emblazoned with the NYPD logo. That has union officials fuming, saying the rule violates police officers’ civil rights. The interim order, issued Jan. 19 and “effective immediately,” prohibits the […]