Phoenix Faces Two Lawsuits Over Police Contract Negotiations

Phoenix now faces two separate lawsuits over negotiations with the local police union, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, and its decision not to submit a contract proposal before starting negotiations. On Dec. 1, PLEA joined other city unions in refusing to submit a copy of all the proposed changes to their contract, something required under […]

A Message From Will Aitchison

Will Aitchison

Thirty-nine years ago, blessed with the insensitivity to economic risk that younger people have, I started LRIS. The notion was a simple one. Public safety employees and employers needed accessible, affordable, and neutrally-presented information about the workplace rights of law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers, and other public safety employees. The last 39 years have […]

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 […]

Buffalo Police Want Clarification On Medical Marijuana Policy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Police Union that represents its officers wants to know the policy regarding medical marijuana and drug testing. “In our contract, you test positive, you’re fired,” said Buffalo Police Union President John Evans. “You don’t get a second chance.” And that’s the confusion for the union and officers. Where does […]

Hawaii Police Union Seeks 25% COVID-19 Hazard Pay Differential

The union for police officers in Hawaii has filed four separate grievances challenging the denial of hazard pay amounting to a 25 % pay differential for the peak years of the COVID-19 pandemic between March 2020 and March of this year. The union for police officers in Hawaii has filed four separate grievances challenging the […]

Suffolk To Pay John Oliva, Former Detective, $1.5M For Wrongful Conviction

Suffolk County has agreed to pay $1.5 million to a former Suffolk police detective whose conviction for leaking information to a Newsday reporter was overturned last year, officials said Thursday. John Oliva, a 20-year police department veteran, was forced to resign after pressure from disgraced ex-Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his top aide, […]

Suspension Overturned For Cleveland Police Supervisor Who Responded To Tamir Rice Shooting

An arbitrator has overturned the city-imposed discipline of a Cleveland police sergeant for her role in the aftermath of Tamir Rice’s killing. Cincinnati arbitrator William C. Heekin on Nov. 4 reversed the two-day suspension without pay of Janell Rutherford, a supervisor called to the scene after the 12-year-old was shot by a police officer. Rutherford, who recently […]

Officer’s Suicide After Jan. 6 Riot Is A Line-Of-Duty Death, DOJ Says

A Justice Department office has ruled that Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood — who killed himself days after encountering rioters during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection — died in the line of duty, according to his family and authorities. The designation from the Justice Department’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program means Liebengood’s family will receive […]

Chandler Fire Launches Firefighter Cancer Screening Service

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler Fire Department is now offering cancer screening to its first responders as the latest in a series of measures to reduce and mitigate exposure to carcinogens. The Chandler City Council has approved a $963,400 grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the use of $96,340 in City funds […]

Tacoma Police Union Says Police Chief’s Reports Of Falling Crime ‘Misleading’

TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Police Union sent a letter to the city council and police chief, claiming the most recent crime data presentation was misleading and far from the truth. On Nov. 1, Tacoma Police Chief Avery Moore presented data to city council which paints a hopeful picture for the future of the city. This year, Tacoma has seen the […]

Judge Dismisses St. Louis Lawsuit Arguing Missouri ‘Police Bill Of Rights’ Is Unconstitutional

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem denied the city’s claims that the 2021 state law bolstering protections for police under investigation for misconduct was unconstitutional. A Missouri judge Monday dismissed the City of St. Louis’ effort to block a 2021 law bolstering protections for police under investigation for misconduct. The city sued in December asking Cole County Circuit Judge […]

Lawsuit Filed After Massachusetts Cancels Civil Service Exams for Firefighters

The Boston Firefighters Union is set to meet with the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission on Monday, after initiating legal action against the state over canceled civil service exams. The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission suspended the exams over a 2009 lawsuit brought forward by the police unions claiming the exams discriminate against minority employees. Continue reading at […]

Tensions Mount As Henderson Police Chief, Officers’ Unions Clash

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Tensions are mounting inside the Henderson Police Department. Just one week after two police unions expressed a vote of “no confidence” in Police Chief Thedrick Andres, there are now allegations of unfair labor practices against the chief. Continue reading at

Wake County Puts $2 Million Toward Firefighter Recruitment

Wake County spent $2 million on a recruitment campaign to address its shortage of firefighters. Much of the recruiting efforts targeted women and people of color. And for the first time, cadets in the 38-week academy will be paid. Continue reading at