To regain annual pay raises, West Palm police union set to give up some pension cash

WEST PALM BEACH, FL &#8211 After two years without annual pay raises for its rank-and-file members, the police union has reached a deal with the city that returns them. But police officers, especially those with 13 years or more of service, had to make a sacrifice. And the deal was less a product of a controversial police protest at SunFest last year than it was a change in a…

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Oakland chief resigns as police takeover threatened

OAKLAND, CA &#8211 The city with the state’s highest violent crime rate is again in search of a top cop after Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts announced his resignation Tuesday, saying a burdensome “bureaucracy” left him without enough power to fight crime and build community trust in his department. Batts, a charismatic leader who sought to bring Oakland into step with a trend toward data-driven policing, was hired in…

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Ohio Collective Bargaining Fight Takes New Turn; Recut Television Ad Makes SB5 Opponent Look Like A Supporter

Last week, Marlene Quinn was starring in a television ad explaining how Cincinnati firefighters saved her great-granddaughter, and urging Ohioans to vote against Issue 2 so firefighters could continue to negotiate for proper staffing levels. Yesterday, the 78-year-old Quinn was startled to learn that she also was starring in a new ad by the Republican group Building a Better Ohio, her image and words swiped from the Issue 2…

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In Wake Of Arbitrator’s Decision, City Council Repeals Police Oversight Rules

SPOKANE, WA &#8211 Spokane’s police ombudsman on Monday lost the power to independently investigate misconduct allegations against the city’s law enforcement officers. The Spokane City Council voted 5-2 Monday to repeal police oversight rules it approved unanimously last year, blaming an arbitrator’s decision in July that determined the expanded powers violated the Spokane Police Guild’s labor contract. Monday’s decision to revoke the expanded investigative powers, an issue debated for…

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Long Beach Firefighters Approve Pension Reform Deal, Saves City $40M Over 10 Years

LONG BEACH, CA &#8211 The City of Long Beach and the Firefighter’s Association (FFA) announced today a tentative agreement to significantly reduce pension costs, enact pension reform, and provide future budget relief. The FFA approved the agreement in a vote that concluded at 4:30pm today. Last month, Mayor Bob Foster and the Long Beach Police Officers Association finalized a pension reform agreement for the city’s police department. “The savings…

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Georgia County Considering Using Inmates As Firefighters

CAMDEN COUNTY, GA &#8211 In an effort to improve its ISO rating, Camden County, Georgia may start using inmates to fight fires. The inmate option is one of several being considered and is the least expensive. The Florida Times-Union reports that the county may save up $500,000 by some estimates. According to the newspaper report: The Camden program would put two inmates in each of three existing firehouses, and…

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Police union asks DA to investigate City Council Member

The Houston Police Officers’ Union is asking District Attorney Pat Lykos to investigate Councilwoman Jolanda Jones for practicing law without a license. The union includes two legal documents with September dates signed by Jones with a letter being delivered to Lykos today. The State Bar of Texas suspended the councilwoman’s law license on Sept. 1 because she had failed to pay her annual membership dues and her attorney occupational…

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Memphis firefighter resigns from union post after Facebook flap

MEMPHIS, TN &#8211 A Memphis firefighter who posted Facebook comments that offended some Frayser residents has resigned from his union position, officials announced today. Robert Kramer, who has served on the executive board of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association for six years, submitted his letter of resignation today. It officially takes effect Tuesday. Kramer, a resident of Hernando, Miss., disparaged Frayser residents with his recent Facebook comments. In an…

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NY State police sergeants move to 4/10’s to save overtime

ALBANY, NY &#8211 Most sergeants in the New York state police will work 10-hour shifts under a new agreement that the union and police officials say should help limit overtime. Thomas Mungeer, president of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, says most of the 530 non-commissioned officers have been doing that under a pilot program that cut overtime by 43 percent. Most now have a four-day work…

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Police Union’s Rally Causes Job Seekers To Depart

HAMPTON, NH &#8211 More than 30 prospective candidates looking to join the part-time ranks of the Hampton Police Department walked away Saturday from taking a test they must pass before being hired. Their decision came after encountering a rally staged by current police officers who have been working without a raise for almost six years. Passing out fliers stating “Say no … to employment with this agency,” officers told…

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