City Wants Connecticut Fire Union Decertified

STAMFORD, CT &#8211 The city’s human resource director wants the state to decertify Stamford’s professional fire union for attempting to derail the mayor’s plan to reorganize four of the city’s volunteer fire departments, according to a complaint filed last month with the state Board of Labor Relations. The request for decertification, a rare request under […]

The Issues Raised By A Potential Merger Of Fire Departments

Two years ago, the retirement of longtime Springfield Fire Chief Dennis Murphy gave city leaders in Eugene and Springfield an opening to try what they hope will be a money-saving merger of their fire departments. That long-discussed and partially accomplished consolidation now has entered a critical stage. Work on perhaps the biggest challenge of becoming […]

D.C. Police Didn’t Violate Whistleblower Laws With Discipline, Jury Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. &#8211 D.C. police officials did not violate whistleblower laws when they disciplined officers who failed to undergo mandatory annual training, a D.C. Superior Court jury ruled this week. The Wednesday ruling, which followed a week-long civil trial, came after a lawsuit was filed by two officials with the District’s Fraternal Order of Police: […]

Evaluation Log Entry Not Discipline Under California Bill Of Rights

Scott Kansaku was a police officer with the City of Hermosa Beach, California. On May 2, 2008, Kansaku issued a citation to a citizen for having an open container of beer while standing outside a bar. That citizen’s sister, who apparently also received a citation for the same infraction, filed a complaint against Kansaku, asserting […]

Officer In Controversial Canine Case Reinstated

Officer Jason Lewis was assigned to the New Orleans Police Department’s K-9 Division. Lewis’s dog was Primo, a Belgian Malinois. After working Primo out on May 27, 2009, Officer Lewis placed Primo in his K-9 unit, gave him water and turned on the unit’s cooling system. Then Officer Lewis went inside his home to shower […]

How Does A ‘Savings’ Clause Work?

Almost every public safety collective bargaining agreement or memorandum of understanding has what is colloquially called a “savings clause.” The wording of savings clauses varies, but essentially the clauses “save” the remainder of the contract in the event that one particular provision in the contract becomes illegal under federal or state law. Some savings clauses […]

Police Union Newsletter Calls Gov And His Staff ‘Sh**Heads’ For Shutting Them Out

Fed up with the closed-door treatment from Gov. Rick Scott, the Police Benevolent Association sent a nasty gram using a word game in its quarterly newsletter, Roll Call. The sixth page of the March newsletter notes that the union that represents police departments, sheriffs and other law enforcement officers has repeatedly asked Gov. Rick Scott […]

The ‘Firefighter’s Rule’ Lives And Breathes, At Least In Some States

This article appears in the July issue of our monthly newsletter, Public Safety Labor News. Little known in most quarters, the “firefighter’s rule” prevents firefighters and police officers from bringing many kinds of negligence lawsuits against those who injure them on the job. Under the firefighter’s rule, a member of the public whose conduct causes […]

The ‘Firefighter’s Rule’ Lives And Breathes, At Least In Some States

Little known in most quarters, the “firefighter’s rule” prevents firefighters and police officers from bringing many kinds of negligence lawsuits against those who injure them on the job. Under the firefighter’s rule, a member of the public whose conduct causes the intervention of a public safety officer is not liable to the officer for the […]

Border Patrol Agents Put On Leave After Cirque Du Soleil Show

Audience members at a Cirque Du Soleil performance in Del Mar, Calif. got more than they bargained for during a recent show on May 27. In the stands, several witnesses (including children) saw a woman allegedly performing oral sex on her male partner. When asked to stop, the pair complied — at first. A witness […]