Omaha Once Again Sued By Fire Union

OMAHA, NE &#8211 Yet another lawsuit has been filed in Omaha’s ongoing fight with its firefighters’ union. The fire union sued the city and Mayor Jim Suttle in Douglas County District Court this week, a move that seeks to force city payments of back wages. The lawsuit asks a judge to compel the city to pay the union back wages and interest due for 2009. Payment for that year…

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Sheboygan mayor faces recall

SHEBOYGAN, WI &#8211 One fun-loving mayor’s good times may be soon coming to a halt. Bob Ryan, mayor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is facing a recall on Tuesday after a string of alcohol-fueled incidents. Last year, Ryan faced intense criticism and a possible investigation over a three-day drinking binge during which he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and got into a fight. He was even photographed after passing out at…

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Miami-Dade police lay off 118 officers

MIAMI, FL &#8211 For the first time, Miami-Dade Police have had to layoff more than 100 officers after Mayor Carlos Gimenez and police unions failed to come to an agreement about benefits. The 118 officers and 17 correctional officers were let go based on seniority and not performance. They will leave the police force in three weeks. Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus spoke at Miami Dade police headquarters in…

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Police Chief Forfeits Two Vacation Days For Swearing At Union

SEYMOUR, CT &#8211 The Seymour Board of Police Commissioners ordered Police Chief Michael Metzler to forfeit two vacation days for allegedly using foul language in criticizing the Seymour Police Union last month. The board voted 5-0 to approve the discipline, saying Metzler showed bad judgement on Dec. 16 when the alleged comments were made. Metzler will also have to send a letter of apology to the Seymour Police Union….

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Civil Service Laws Do Not Prohibit Demotions For Lack Of Funds

Richard Deem held the position of police captain in the classified service of the City of Fairview Park, Ohio, from 1997 until the City abolished the position as a cost-cutting measure on April 17, 2006. At the time, the City’s projected revenues were approximately $1.2 million below its projected expenses. In an effort to balance the City’s budget, Mayor Eileen Patton asked each department to cut its budget by…

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ACLU files suit to block St. Louis local police control ballot initiative

ST. LOUIS, MO &#8211 The ACLU, an advocate for city control of the St. Louis police, is suing to block a referendum that could accomplish that goal, saying the ballot has flawed wording that would hide officer discipline from the public. But Jeff Roorda, business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, complained Monday, “This lawsuit is without merit and doesn’t offer a single legal argument.” Both organizations…

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Cleveland firefighter lived in California

CLEVELAND, OH &#8211 The recent revelation that a full-time Cleveland firefighter has been living in California should come as no surprise to Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration. Joseph Coneglio gave his superiors a form on Sept. 26, 2010, changing his address to San Diego, The Plain Dealer has discovered. And Coneglio’s lieutenant and battalion chief signed off on the form, which should have been forwarded to the office of Safety…

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Both Sides Claim Victory In Ongoing Stockton Police Saga

STOCKTON, CA &#8211 A judge on Thursday issued a string of rulings in Stockton’s fight with its police union over the city breaking their contract amid financial crisis. Attorneys on both sides interpreted the preliminary rulings as outright victories in the ongoing case. San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Lesley Holland found grounds for the city to proceed with its claim that the police union bought the house next…

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One-third of Allentown firefighters retired last year

ALLENTOWN, PA &#8211 Allentown officials knew a staggering number of city firefighters would retire in 2011, it was just a matter of how many. Fire Chief Robert Scheirer predicted months ago that some 50 firefighters would retire before the union’s contract that contained a generous pension clause was set to expire Dec. 31, echoing a similar mass exodus six years ago in the police department. Now that the paperwork…

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Employer Insurance Group Goes On Offensive Against Firefighters Union

CONCORD, NH &#8211 While the state conducts a contentious and extended examination of the Local Government Center’s books, the LGC has filed a subpoena for all e-mails discussing the LGC and mailed between the head of the statewide firefighters’ union and the Bureau of Securities Regulation, the secretary of state and/or all third parties. The LGC was formed as an insurance pool with a mission of helping municipalities achieve…

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