Voters end binding arbitration for palo alto police, firefighters

PALO ALTO, CA &#8211 Palo Alto voters on Tuesday passed Measure D by 67.3 percent, ending binding arbitration for police and firefighters. The measure’s passage repealed an article of the City Charter that mandates binding arbitration when contract negotiations between the city and public safety unions come to an impasse. Tony Spitaleri, a 38-year veteran in the department who also serves as president of the International Association of Fire…

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Poll finds voters split on political campaigning by police, firefighters

TULSA, OK &#8211 Mayor Dewey Bartlett issued an executive order this year banning such activities, reversing the policy of his predecessor Kathy Taylor. An even 50 percent of the 508 likely voters surveyed by SoonerPoll.com from Oct. 27-Nov. 1 agreed with Bartlett. Forty-seven percent said the police and firefighters should be allowed to campaign, with a majority of those saying police and firefighters should even be allowed to wear…

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Police Union’s Grievance Deals With Cage Fighting Exclusion

LINCOLN< NE &#8211 When wearing the badge, police officers can trade bullets with bank robbers or redline their cruisers in pursuit of the getaway car. But if they test their skills in a mixed martial arts cage or atop an ATV while off duty, their employers increasingly don't want to provide their health insurance. That's at the heart of a dispute between the City of Scottsbluff and the local...

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Miami police challenge trooper’s arrest of officer

MIAMI, FL &#8211 Some Miami police officers are furious that a Florida state trooper took a Miami cop down at gunpoint and put him in handcuffs after a high speed chase through Broward County. Trooper Donna Watts arrested Miami Officer Fausto Lopez early on the morning of October 11th. Her dashboard camera recorded the Miami officer, in a marked police car, blowing past her and other traffic on the…

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Long Beach council OKs firefighter pension reform deal

LONG BEACH, CA &#8211 The Long Beach City Council voted 8-0 Tuesday for a firefighter pension reform agreement that saves $35.9 million over the next 10 years and reinstates four-responder engine staffing. Councilwoman Rae Gabelich was absent. Though the deal restores four-person engine staffing, which had been cut to three on some engines, it also gives Long Beach’s fire chief latitude to alter the department’s deployment model during “emergency…

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WE WANT YOUR CBAs!

LRIS is building an online library of public sector collective bargaining agreements, and we need your help to stock it. We are requesting copies of any current labor agreement covering government employees. Electronic copies are preferred, but hard copies are fine, too. Please send you current CBA to Marc Fuller at: Email: marc@LRIS.com Physical address: Labor Relations Information System 3021 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

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Police Association stops sales of controversial T-shirts

TWIN RIVERS, CA &#8211 T-shirts sold by the Twin Rivers Police Officers Association have this message: “U raise ’em, we cage ’em,” surrounding a picture of a young child behind bars. On Monday, community leaders and child advocates said the T-shirts are highly offensive and could validate feelings of mistrust for the Twin Rivers’ school police force. The agency has been under intense scrutiny over complaints it has overstepped…

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ACLU sues Chicago over police deployment issues

CHICAGO, IL &#8211 A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois alleges the Chicago’s deployment of police officers results in slower response times to 911 calls in primarily black and Hispanic neighborhoods than largely white communities. The suit is based on recent news reports that found minority neighborhoods had disproportionately fewer officers than white districts as measured by response times to emergency calls and rates of…

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Firefighters set up health trust

VANCOUVER, WA &#8211 Vancouver’s public-employee unions unexpectedly find themselves at the vanguard of pushing smaller government. They are beginning to explore providing health insurance to their members, rather than relying on the city for coverage. They are inspired, in part, by a new trust fund set up for the city’s 175 firefighters. The city is renegotiating its contracts with many of its public employee unions amid a backdrop of…

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Sergeants’ Union announce plans to sue occupy wall street demonstrators

NEW YORK, NY &#8211 A police officer’s union put Occupy Wall Street on notice today by saying that they will pursue legal claims against any protesters who injure any of its members “In light of the growing violence attendant to the ‘Occupy’ movements across the country, particularly as evidenced by the recent events in Oakland, I am compelled to place these so-called ‘occupiers’ on notice that physical assaults on…

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