Worcester Firefighters Union Shares Concerns Over Working Conditions, Morale

A local union president says a survey taken by Worcester firefighters shows the department is dealing with “a significant decline in working conditions.” The city of Worcester hired a consulting firm after the line of duty deaths of firefighter Christopher Roy and Lieutenant Jason Menard. They hoped to better understand administrative practices in the department. […]

It’s Police Recruitment Season, But Filling Vacancies Is A Struggle Across Maryland

Maryland has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, which would typically be considered a bright spot for the state’s economy. But for companies and government agencies searching for workers, Maryland’s low unemployment is a problem that’s leading to labor shortages. One of the hardest-hit industries is law enforcement. As police recruitment season […]

Ga. FD Tests New 48/96-Hour Shift Schedule To Improve Firefighter Wellness

ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell Fire Department is adopting a new schedule through a pilot program to enhance firefighter health and wellness, featuring a 48/96-hour work cycle with a delayed start time. The department adopted the new schedule in response to health concerns linked to chronic sleep deprivation, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and mental […]

Oregon Police Sergeants Unionizing

A wave of unionization is taking place among police sergeants around Oregon, thanks to new state legislation.  HB 4115, passed in the Oregon Legislation’s short session in February, makes it clear that police sergeants have the right to form unions and engage in collective bargaining even when they have supervisory duties. Its passage was a […]

Fire Fighters In Three Cities Begin To Transition To PFAS-Free Gear

San Francisco is the latest municipality to start phasing out fire fighter gear containing PFAS after its Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance declaring personal protective equipment must be PFAS-free by June 30, 2026. Local 798 and the San Francisco Firefighter Cancer Prevention Foundation (SFFCPF) were quick to contact the city administration and advocate […]

Seattle Council Approves Police Union Contract With 23% Pay Bump

The Seattle City Council voted 8 to 1 on Tuesday to approve a new contract with the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG). Councilmember Tammy Morales was the lone no vote.  The new bargaining agreement provides a 23% pay bump for Seattle officers, making entry-level salaries $103,000, the highest in the state. But, to the dismay […]