NY’s Top Court Says Police Discipline Not Subject To Arbitration

Officials in a Hudson Valley town have the authority to suspend, fire or otherwise discipline their police officers for misbehavior instead of turning cases over to an independent arbitrator under the terms of their union contract, New York’s top court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous ruling that could affect municipal police departments statewide, the Court […]

Illinois State Police Chief Group Suspends President Amid Criminal Probe Revelations

The president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police has been suspended from his duties with the group after a Tribune article published today detailed a long-running criminal investigation into his actions. Timothy Swanson, who is also chief of Momence and works for the Kankakee County sheriff’s office, faces an investigation into a police […]

Insurance Company Drops Deputy’s Homeowner’s Insurance Because Of Police Dog

OMAHA, NE &#8211 An insurance company has canceled the homeowner’s policy of a Nebraska sheriff’s deputy, citing concerns about his police dog. The reason doesn’t sit well with the deputy or the national law enforcement union that represents him. Douglas County Deputy Andy Woodward says he learned months ago that American Family Insurance Co. was […]

City, Union Officials United Against Residency Rule

HUNTINGTON, WV &#8211 Members of Mayor Kim Wolfe’s administration and two city employee unions are urging voters to repeal a requirement in the City Charter which forces employees to live in Huntington. Huntington residents will decide the fate of the residency requirement and two other proposed amendments to the City Charter during the Nov. 6 […]

Judge Rules Against Firefighter Staffing Clause

ANDERSON, IN — In a clear victory for the city of Anderson, Circuit Court Judge Dennis Carroll on Tuesday invalidated part of a union contract with firefighters that bars layoffs and sets minimum staffing levels. In his 27-page decision, Carroll said that under Indiana law, municipal employers have the right to lay off employees based […]

Judge Rules That Baltimore County Pension System Discriminates Based On Age

In a decision that could affect thousands of active and retired Baltimore County employees, a federal judge ruled that the county’s pension system discriminates against beneficiaries because older workers were required to pay more toward their retirement than younger workers. U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sided with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, finding […]