Des Moines Airport Votes To Privatize Firefighters Drawing Union Backlash

DES MOINES, IA &#8211 Des Moines airport officials voted today to privatize the airport’s fire department, a move that drew protests from union leaders and a city councilman. The labor dispute erupted last month when the airport announced plans to hire Pro-Tec Fire Services, a Wisconsin firefighting company that serves nearly 20 other airports nationwide. […]

Trooper Who Arrested Officer Sues For Harassment

MIAMI — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over. Not certain who […]

Newark Management, Union Leaders Say They Welcome Federal Monitor For Police Department

NEWARK, NJ &#8211 Elected officials, advocates and the leader of Newark’s largest police union all said Sunday they welcome the federal government’s decision to place a monitor over New Jersey’s largest police department. News of the decision was first reported in The Sunday Star-Ledger. Citing multiple sources close to the decision, the newspaper reported that […]

12 Cleveland Firefighters On Leave Plead Guilty

CLEVELAND, OH &#8211 A dozen Cleveland firefighters accused of illegally paying co-workers to cover their shifts have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. They pleaded guilty Monday to charges of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation. The judge suspended their six-month jail sentences. A city audit had indicated some firefighters paid colleagues instead of trading shifts as […]