Oswego Common Council Approves 2017 Budget That Cuts 16 Firefighter Positions

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Common Council voted unanimously tonight to approve the 2017 budget that will eliminate 16 full-time firefighter positions and raise taxes by 1.97 percent. A public hearing, which was held before the vote, drew a standing-room-only crowd to City Hall. People packed the chambers and the hallway, but only four people […]

CAL Fire Firefighters Demand Pay Raise

Several hundred CAL Fire firefighters are protesting at the Capitol, demanding a salary raise. “When you see our firefighters working 20 to 30 days without being allowed to go home because the state has not staffed their equipment appropriately, to allow firefighters to go home for a couple of days to see their families, then […]

Minneapolis Police Union’s Leader Faces Ethics Probe Over Steak Dinner

An internal affairs investigation has been opened into Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Lt. Bob Kroll who offered a steak dinner for the arrest of vandals caught defacing union ­headquarters. The move violated the department’s code of conduct and the ethics code for all city employees, a top-ranking police official said in an e-mail […]

Court Upholds Arbitration Decision Overturning ‘Sexting’ Detective’s Termination

Detective Vincent Lucarelli works for the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department. In May 2012, the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit commenced an investigation into Lucarelli’s conduct. Cell phone records, which had been subpoenaed for a criminal case involving private investigator Brenda Bickerstaff, revealed that during his shifts, Lucarelli had been inappropriately texting or “sexting” women, including the […]

Arbitrator Overturns Chicago PD’s Ban On Tattoos

Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police represents police officers in the Chicago Police Department. Prior to 2015, the Department had no policy banning the display of visible tattoos. Neither Lodge 7 nor the City had ever raised the topic of tattoo regulation during bargaining. On June 8, 2015, the Department issued a revised […]