Concerns About Baton Rouge Police Pay — And Toll The Job Takes — Prompt Pay Study Agreement

As they agreed to study Baton Rouge Police Department pay and benefits, city-parish officials said Wednesday they hope the review will result in higher pay for police officers, fewer overtime hours worked and more time for police to spend with family. BRPD starting salaries are lower than the cost of the study. Starting pay for Baton Rouge police officers is $33,968 a year once they have completed a training…

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East Greenwich Town Council Votes To Change Firefighters Schedule, Eliminate Positions

EAST GREENWICH, RI — The East Greenwich Town Council voted 4-1 Monday to restructure the fire department by changing firefighter schedules and eliminating six positions. The plans are still subject to change, pending a court decision next month. “They have to decide if they want to pay firefighters overtime to work crazy hours, or do they want to hire the appropriate staff that they need,” said William Perry, who…

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City Of Aurora Pays $480000 To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

AURORA, Colo. — The FOX31 Problem Solvers have learned the city of Aurora has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 to four firefighters – three black men and one Hispanic man — to settle a racial discrimination case. The attorney for the firefighters who sued said there’s no way Aurora would have paid $480,000 unless it knew it was going to lose at trial. The fire department isn’t talking, but…

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Police And City Labor Group Continue Push For Better Pay

COLUMBIA, MO — The take-home check for Officer Alan Mitchell is only a few dollars more than when he started working in the Columbia Police Department back in 2003. “The change … isn’t even enough for me to take my family to the movies,” Mitchell told the Columbia City Council earlier this month while pitching proposals from the Columbia Police Officers Association for higher police salaries. Mitchell also said…

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Georgia County Stops Paying Firefighter Cancer Premiums

LAKE PARK, GA — At the recent Lake Park City Council meeting, the city fire department stated it would be unable to pay its volunteer firefighters’ cancer insurance premiums. The fire department did not budget the $793 for the mandatory cancer policy because, in the past, Lowndes County has covered the cost, Fire Chief David Brown said. The county provided the insurance because volunteer firefighters for the cities also…

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A Chicago Suburb To Lay Off Police, Firefighters

HARVEY, IL — Officials in a Chicago suburb are laying off firefighters and police officers due to financial troubles precipitated by pension woes. Attorney Bob Fioretti, who represents the city of Harvey, said Tuesday that 18 firefighters and half of the city’s police officers will be laid off. Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg held an emergency meeting Monday after Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond W. Mitchell ruled the Illinois Comptroller’s…

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Cop Under Scrutiny Over Social-Media Posts That Call Parkland Students ‘Paid Actors’

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL — A police officer is under investigation in connection with social-media posts suggesting the Parkland school massacre could be a hoax — and the students “paid actors” instead of survivors. “What proof do you have?” asks a post under the name of Ericson Harrell, a North Miami Beach police officer. “What evidence do you have, that anyone was killed other than #MSM accounts, alleged witnesses…

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Lower Pay Leads To Firefighter Retention Problems In Newark

NEWARK, OH — A Central Ohio fire chief said he is working with his mayor and city leaders to address an issue impacting his department. “Since July of 2016, I think we’ve lost 13 firefighters,” said Newark Fire Chief Pat Connor. “It’s very frustrating.” Of the 13 who have left, Connor said ten have done so to join departments offering higher wages. According to state records, the starting salary…

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Municipalities Answering Alarm Over Rise In Firefighter Cancers

WESTON, OH — Battling burning buildings is acknowledged to be just part of the hazardous job for firefighters, but now they are also seeing a statistical rise in cancer cases throughout the career and municipalities are responding with revised preventative measures, including purchasing new gear. Weston is also following the national response and recently approved new turnout gear and decontamination equipment for its fire department. “On the cancer issue,…

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Police Union Wins Case That Could Force Akron To Pay Millions Of Dollars In Retiree Health Care

AKRON, OH — In a decision that could cost Akron millions of dollars and strain labor negotiations this fall, an arbitrator has ordered the city to fully reinstate health insurance for retired police, plus pay them back for charging them more for their benefits the past 16 months. The decision has the potential to affect all city retirees. Cleveland attorney Hyman Cohen issued the ruling March 27 to end…

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