Privacy An Issue With Police Body Cameras

SAN DIEGO &#8211 San Diego’s police chief wants 300 officers outfitted with body cameras by July, a move she hopes will help restore waning public trust in the department. But how and when will the cameras be used? Who can view the footage? Will people’s privacy rights be protected? These are some of the issues […]

State workers can wear anti-governor pins, judge says

DES MOINES, IA &#8211 State workers can wear pins that reflect unfavorably on Iowa’s governor, an administrative law judge has ruled. The pins, distributed by a union that says it represents 40,000 public employees in Iowa, shows an unflattering black and white photograph of Gov. Terry Branstad’s face bisected by a red diagonal slash with […]

Termination Notices Sent Out As Bankrupt Fire District Shuts Down

COVENTRY, RI &#8211 Central Coventry firefighters received official termination notices in the mail as the Fire District prepares to close down. Central Coventry Firefighters Union President David Gorman says the notices were given out to the entire district, comprised of over 40 firefighters and administrative personnel. In February, Superior Court Judge Brian Stern ordered the […]

Firefighter’s Union Votes No Confidence In Chief Who Was Once Fired For Discrimination

CHESTERFIELD, MO &#8211 Many heated words were exchanged at Thursday’s Monarch Fire Protection District board meeting. It’s the first board meeting since newly hired Assistant Fire Chief Cary Spiegel took office. Spiegel is a former Monarch Deputy Chief. His return to the district is controversial, since he was fired in 2011, along with three other […]

Two Boston Police Unions Approve Labor Contracts Worth About 13.5%

BOSTON, MA &#8211 Two Boston police unions have ratified labor deals that will cost taxpayers an estimated $34 million for a six-year period that includes some retroactive years, city and union officials said Thursday night. Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration negotiated the deals with unions representing superior detectives and superior officers, at estimated costs over […]