City slashes pensions for new firefighters

ESCONDIDO, CA &#8211 Escondido firefighters said Monday they have agreed to cut retirement benefits for new employees by 33 percent, a concession that city officials say will rein in long-term labor costs. The move follows identical pension rollbacks for firefighters approved by Carlsbad and Solana Beach in 2010. Poway, San Marcos and Encinitas have also overhauled pensions for newly hired firefighters, but those cities increased the retirement age from…

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Jury awards $189,000 to two firefighters over workplace retaliation claims

TAMPA, FL &#8211 A federal jury on Monday awarded $189,000 to two Pasco firefighters after determining the local firefighters union and the county retaliated against the two men for filing discrimination claims. Most of the verdict – $166,000 – was assessed against the International Association of Firefighters Local 4420 for publishing a legal memo in April 2008 that named the two firefighters and called their claims “frivolous.” The county’s…

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Police union president, executive board members resign

SHAWNEE, OK &#8211 A letter to all police union members shows that Shawnee Police Association President Ken King and two members of the union’s executive board resigned on Thursday. The letter, headlined “Attention” and addressed to all union members and listed as being from King, although it did not have his signature, appeared on the bulletin board in the police briefing room sometime Thursday afternoon. “Effective immediately, I have…

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Detroit Police, Without Raise Since 2000, Looking At 10% Pay Cut

DETROIT, MI &#8211 Joe Duncan said he’s never seen things this bad. The president of the Detroit Police Officers Association said a proposed 10 percent pay cut for his 2,200 members — who are paid a maximum $53,253 — shows the city’s desperation to avoid a state takeover. “We haven’t had a raise since 2000,” said Duncan, a 56- year-old officer who joined the force 35 years ago. He…

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D.C. fire chief to push for controversial change in firefighters’ work shifts

WASHINGTON, DC &#8211 Dozens of District firefighters showed their displeasure with proposed changes to their schedules by standing at attention and marching off in unison after their chief’s “state of the department” speech Tuesday. Kenneth B. Ellerbe, chief of the city’s Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said he will fight for a change from the current 24-72 system, in which firefighters work for 24 hours and then…

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Union Assails N.Y.C. Fire Dept. Curb on Opinions

NEW YORK, NY &#8211 To New York City firefighters, who often put in 24-hour shifts, the firehouse can be a home away from home between emergency calls. It is where they cook meals, conduct training, lift weights and trade notes on the latest internal policy or city political imbroglio. So when the fire commissioner issued an order last month forbidding firefighters to have any “material presenting opinions or viewpoints”…

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Divided Kentucky Court Holds That Police Bill Of Rights Does Not Extend To Department-Initiated Complaints

In a 2-1 decision that seems likely to presage further appeals, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that the State’s Police Officer Bill of Rights only applies to citizen-initiated complaints, not complaints initiated by a law enforcement agency itself. The case involved Todd Pearce, who had been terminated from his job as a police officer for the University of Louisville. The charges against Pearce included allegations that he…

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Cincinnati police reassign 50 officers to patrol streets

CINCINNATI, OH &#8211 Residents in some parts of the city of Cincinnati will begin to see an increase in police presence on streets starting this morning. Fifty officers are being transfered from other departments to neighborhood patrols. A 150-page audit of the department is recommending some shake-ups in the way things have been done for years. Chief James Craig called for the audit after taking over last year. From…

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HIV-infected man fights to become Atlanta officer

ATLANTA, GA &#8211 A former investigator with the city of Los Angeles claims Atlanta police rejected his job application solely because he has HIV, a decision he said breaks the law and perpetuates stereotypes about people with the virus. Atlanta police argue hiring the man poses a threat to the health and safety of the public, setting up a legal fight that is being followed closely by gay rights…

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Former City Manager Files Ethics Complaint Against City Council Member, Alleging Collusion With Police Union

DOVER, DE &#8211 Dover’s former city manager filed an ethics complaint against a council member Monday after she insinuated that he sabotaged contract negotiations with the city’s police union. Anthony DePrima spoke during the public comment section before the council’s regular meeting and said Councilwoman Beverly Williams “slandered and defamed” him in a News Journal story last week about a state labor arbiter’s recent decision to side with the…

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