Albuquerque police union executives step down

ALBUQUERQUE, NM &#8211 The president and vice president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association resigned Tuesday in the wake of New Mexico activists calling for a federal probe into recent city police shootings. President Joey Sigala and Vice President Felipe Garcia stepped down after a union board meeting. A union representative said Sigala and Garcia […]

Dispute In LAFD Heats Up

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s staff is working behind- the-scenes in an effort to silence public criticism of the Los Angeles Fire Department, the head of the firefighters’ union told the City Council today. United Fire Fighters of Los Angeles City President Pat McOsker, an outspoken critic of the department’s eight-month-old deployment plan, told the council that […]

Can A Past Practice Change A Contract?

A topic that finds the opinion of arbitrators fractured is whether a past practice can change the clear terms of a contract. The most often cited reference works on past practice are a 1961 law review article by Arbitrator Richard Mittenthal, and the basic treatise on labor arbitration, How Arbitration Works by Frank and Edna […]

Phoenix police union rejects offer to restore half of pay cut

PHOENIX, AZ &#8211 The union representing rank-and-file police on Wednesday rejected the city’s two-year labor-contract offer that would restore half of the pay cuts city workers took two years ago. The police union wants full pay restored. After months of negotiations, City Manager David Cavazos has gotten six of the city’s seven labor unions and […]

Morale Issue Surfaces In Boston PD

BOSTON, MA &#8211 The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association has voted unanimously to picket Police Commissioner Edward Davis’ state-of-the-force speech this week, according to the Boston Herald. It is the first public sign of disharmony between Davis and his rank-and-file officers, and the commissioner’s speech was subsequently put on hold, although BPD spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll denied […]

Background checks of Facebook Getting Greater Scrutiny

Under national scrutiny, and criticism, this past week has been the practice of employers requiring access to a job applicant’s Facebook account during the job recruitment phase. Not only have Facebook executives entered the discussion, so have members of the United States Senate, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of […]