Fire Chief Selection Clause In Union Contract Unique To Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL — With Springfield Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs retiring at the end of the month, Mayor Jim Langfelder is interviewing Springfield Fire Department members to find a replacement. Langfelder is mandated to limit his search to the existing force because of a clause in the firefighters’ contract that stipulates the hire must be internal. […]

Hillsborough Fire Rescue Union Rejects New Contract, Blaming Chief For Discontent

TAMPA, FL — TAMPA — The union representing Hillsborough County firefighters has overwhelmingly rejected a new contract in a vote that union leadership said is a response to ‘‘union busting’’ and demonstrates widespread discontent with Fire Rescue leadership. The three-year contract would have for the first time required random drug testing of county firefighters and […]

Portland, Maine Police Open Officer Jobs To Non-Citizens, Recent Pot Users

PORTLAND, ME — For the first time, the Portland Police Department will consider new officer recruits who are non-citizens and recent marijuana users – people who had been automatically disqualified in the past. Non-citizen officer candidates can qualify as long as they have been granted a permanent right to work in the United States. Applicants […]

Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Union Sues City Over Duty-Disability Payments

MILWAUKEE, WI — The union representing Milwaukee police supervisors is suing the city, claiming members on duty disability retirement deserve a pay raise like their working peers. The Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization contends the city must pay duty disability retirees based on the current salary of their last rank, per city ordinance. In the last […]