More Than 75 Capitol Police Officers Have Quit Amid Low Morale Since Jan. 6: Report

Capitol Police union leaders said that more than 75 officers have left the force in the months following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, citing low morale and longer working hours.  Union officials told CNN that Capitol Police officers have been leaving at a rate of about three per week, with one officer telling the outlet, “The young guys […]

Sleeping Dispatcher Allowed Trial On Retaliation Claims

Denise Watkins, who is African-American, was a shift supervisor for the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. She reported to Lieutenant Marshall Carmouche, who reported to Sheriff Michael Tregre. On January 30, 2018 Carmouche commended Watkins and three other dispatchers for superb work. He recognized Watkins’s performance in an email to Sheriff […]

When Does A ULP Charge Block An Election?

Michael Coutre, a police officer with the Village of Crestwood in Illinois, filed a petition seeking an election as to whether the Illinois Council of Police should continue as the labor representative for employees. Before the petition was filed, the Council filed two unfair labor practice charges against the employer. The first alleged that the […]

Weingarten And Supervisor-Subordinate Conversations

Deputy Taylor Weiss works for the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin. On December 13, 2019, Weiss forgot she had agreed to work an extra shift and went home. After her absence was reported to Lieutenant Marc Moonen, he called Weiss at her home to ask why she was not working and whether she could […]

Arbitrator Finds CBA Implicitly Bars Subcontracting

The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association are parties to a collective bargaining agreement. In 2019, the police chief notified the Association that work performed by three employees in the Property Management, Traffic, and Detective Units would be transferred to civilian employees who were outside the Association’s bargaining unit. […]

Civil Service Referee Upholds Firefighter’s CBD-Based Termination

Gerardo Colon became a Cleveland firefighter on October 9, 2000. Over his career, Colon suffered three consequential injuries on the job to his neck, back, shoulder and knee that have caused ongoing pain. In 2017, Colon tested positive for marijuana, and admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the test to help him sleep. In lieu […]

Reinstatement Ordered For Fire Association President

Cliff Snider is a firefighter with the city of Pasadena, California. In 2009, and then again from 2011 forward, Snider was the president of the Pasadena Firefighters’ Association. In October 2014, Snider injured his back while trying to lift a patient during an emergency call. Although Snider initially felt well enough to remain on duty, […]

Mass. Civil Service Has No Authority To Review Leave Forfeiture

Denise Doherty has been employed by the Massachusetts State Police Department for over 20 years. From 2007 to 2012, Doherty was assigned to the Department’s certification unit, which is responsible for providing licensing services for private security, or watch guard, companies. In October 2011, Doherty began an administrative inspection of a watch guard company referred […]

Fire Department’s Tattoo Policy Upheld

When Corey Matchem took and passed the written portion of the civil service examination and the entry-level physical examination for the position of firefighter, his name was placed on the firefighter eligible list established by the Massachusetts Human Resources Division (HRD). The HRD acts as the testing agent and clearing house for most Massachusetts public […]

Deputies’ Union Wins $7.8 Million Judgment Against Former Officers

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) represents the more than 7,000 deputy sheriffs working for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. ALADS has a seven-member board of directors elected by its voting members. The board in turn selects ALADS’s officers from among the board members. In 2013, the ALADS board selected Armando Macias […]

Chicago Commits Bodycam-Related Unfair Labor Practices

The City of Chicago and Lodge #7 of the Fraternal Order of Police were parties to a collective bargaining agreement from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2017. By its terms, the CBA continued in force and effect past its expiration date. In January 2015, the City instituted the first phase of its Body Worn […]