Miami-Dade Police union agree to pay cuts to avoid layoffs

MIAMI, FL &#8211 Miami-Dade police union members on Monday begrudgingly but overwhelmingly passed a new contract that will slash their paychecks — but save the jobs of their colleagues. The three-year contract will save the county $56 million by cutting certain incentive pay and overtime for court appearances and holidays, while imposing fees for take-home patrol cars. The vote was gut-wrenching, but saved the jobs of at least 200…

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San Francisco FD cited for ‘serious’ violations in fatal fire

SAN FRANCISCO &#8211 The San Francisco Fire Department has been cited by state investigators for “serious” worker safety violations in the deaths of two firefighters who died while battling a house fire. A report by the state Occupational Safety and Health said firefighters outside the house lost track of Lt. Vincent Perez and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio. The two were fatally injured after being caught in a flash fire triggered…

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San Jose’s deficit estimate slashed dramatically as pension costs fall

SAN JOSE, CA &#8211 New pension cost projections unveiled Thursday were expected to slash San Jose’s $80 million deficit next year by more than half, easing fears of libraries and community centers closing and prompting Mayor Chuck Reed to call off Tuesday’s scheduled vote on whether to declare a fiscal emergency. Reed was set to ask the City Council to proclaim the emergency to justify putting a pension measure…

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Newark Police Department eliminates minimum staffing levels as city enters a traditionally dangerous month

NEWARK, NJ &#8211 One day after the city matched its 2010 homicide total, the Newark Police Department eliminated its minimum staffing levels to combat a dwindling overtime budget, a move some fear will compromise safety as the state’s largest city enters what is usually one of the most dangerous months of the year. Police Director Samuel DeMaio said the change was necessary because the overtime situation as well as…

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Santa Ana may outsource fire fighting

SANTA ANA, CA &#8211 The city’s firefighters were initially stunned to learn that Santa Ana was considering outsourcing its 128-year-old fire department, but they have since come to view joining the Orange County Fire Authority as a possible route to a more secure future. Leaving the city – and its projected $30 million budget deficit – and joining the Orange County Fire Authority could relieve Santa Ana’s firefighters from…

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Police Union’s House Purchase Still Focus Of Attention In Stockton

STOCKTON, CA &#8211 In the annals of both labor and neighbor relations, a low point registered recently in Stockton, where the police union, feuding with the city manager, purchased the house next door to his. While the union publicly contemplated whom to rent the house to – a police officer or a family in need of subsidized housing, perhaps – the city accused police of intimidating and harassing City…

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Police Union Wants To Know How TV Station Got Dashboard Cam Video

SANTA FE, NM &#8211 A lawyer for the Santa Fe police union wants a television reporter to reveal how he got a video of an incident that led to disciplinary actions against four officers. KOB-TV’s Gadi Schwartz aired a segment from a dashboard-camera video of two officers subduing a man in a Walmart parking lot last year. Timothy White, a lawyer for two officers fired after the incident and…

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D.C. fire chief wants 12-hour shifts for firefighters

WASHINGTON, DC &#8211 District Fire & EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is moving to reduce the length of firefighter shifts, a controversial change that he says will eliminate overtime costs and reduce the number of firefighters who live as far away as New Jersey and South Carolina. Ellerbe said the department is gearing up for a fight against the firefighters union, which wants to hold on to the current system….

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Judge Freezes Finances of Corrections Union

TROY, NY &#8211 A judge granted an injunction Tuesday freezing Sheriff’s Employees Association of Rensselaer County union’s finances while the leadership is being investigated after complaints by members of mismanagement. Acting state Supreme Court Judge Christian Hummel also gave union leaders 10 days to produce the organizations financial documents. Hummel’s order follows the Nov. 18 filing of a petition by 28 Rensselear County Jail correction officers that asks Attorney…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Orders Restoration Of Firefighter DROP Program

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, ruling on a municipal pension benefit, has delivered a decision that is likely to cost the city of Erie and benefit its older firefighters. In a unanimous opinion, the high court said Erie must restore the reverse Deferred Retirement Option Program, or D.R.O.P., for firefighters. The seven-member Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a unanimous 2009 Commonwealth Court decision that affirmed Erie City Council’s elimination of…

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