Seattle Approves Plan To ‘Accelerate’ Police Hiring With New Recruitment And Retention Program

Seattle City Council president Sara Nelson and chair of her public safety committee Bob Kettle are celebrating the council’s passage of legislation this week they say will “accelerate” police hiring in the city. “One of our most fundamental responsibilities as a city government is to provide public safety. Right now, we are losing too many officers to achieve that goal,” […]

Cancer Is Killing Firefighters. So This City Is Going PFAS-Free

On the day after Christmas in 2020, San Francisco firefighter Matt Alba had a seizure. At the hospital, doctors discovered a tumor the size of a pear: It was brain cancer.  It’s a diagnosis that, in Alba’s line of work, is tragically common. Research suggests that firefighters have higher rates of cancer than the general population, including […]

Boeing Firefighters Overwhelmingly Reject Company’s Second ‘Best And Final’ Offer

Boeing firefighters overwhelmingly rejected the company’s latest contract offer Wednesday according to the union, IAFF Local I-66 after they stepped away from picket lines for the first time since May 4. There are about 125 firefighters in the unit, stationed across the Puget Sound and Moses Lake and represented by the IAFF Local I-66 union. Continue reading […]

Renton Police Offering $40K Hiring Bonus To Experienced Officers

The Renton Police Department is just shy of its budgeted 133 officers, with 128 hired so far, but with a $40,000 bonus for experienced new hires, the department wants to grow. During the Renton City Council Public Safety Committee meeting May 13, the RPD presented a slideshow detailing how many people applied to the force, […]

Police Union President Sues Vallejo After Federal Lawsuit Fails

VALLEJO – Vallejo’s police union and its president filed a lawsuit in state court earlier this month based on similar allegations of civil rights violations that the union claimed in a federal lawsuit that a judge dismissed last month. The new lawsuit, filed in Solano County Superior Court, alleges that Vallejo city officials and councilmembers planned to force […]