Union President: Newark Firefighters Underpaid, Overworked And Leaving

NEWARK − The union members of the Newark Fire Department agreed to a three-year contract with 4% annual wage increases, but the union president said the agreement does not address many issues in the department. Kevin Garwick, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 109, said the department is one of the lowest paid in central […]

Police And Fire Unions Poised To Lose Battle For New Pay Scale Amid Economic Downturn

Arlington’s fire and police unions are poised to lose a battle to change the pay scale the county uses — one that union representatives say contributes to ongoing staffing shortages. This year, the Arlington County Police Department has hired 29 officers and lost 52 officers, Arlington Coalition of Police (ACOP) President Randall Mason told the […]

Vallejo Police Union President Lt. Michael Nichelini’s Termination Overturned, Returns To Duty Next Week

VALLEJO – An arbitrator overturned the termination of Vallejo police Lt. Michael Nichelini, the president of the Vallejo Police Officers’ Association, who was fired last year after a string of controversial incidents including an alleged threat against a journalist, his attorney said Friday. Attorney Michael Rains, who often defends police officers accused of misconduct, said the […]

Javier Ortiz Makes Run For Police Union President On Racial Justice Platform

Recently fired Miami Police Captain Javier Ortiz, the white Hispanic officer who once claimed he was a Black man, has announced he is running to become president of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police to curb what he calls discriminatory treatment of Black officers. Ortiz is making the comeback attempt after he was fired from the department in September for allegedly […]