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Montcalm County Sheriff’s Unions Request Hazard Pay

However, the proposal didn’t go over well at Monday’s Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee for three reasons: • Montcalm County voters just approved a 1 mill ballot proposal for the sheriff’s office one month ago, which will generate nearly $2 million in its first year and will restore 14 deputies to the job. • Sheriff’s union members aren’t just requesting the pay and vacation raise for road patrol…

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County Employees To Get Hazard Pay For Working During Pandemic

Montgomery County employees who are not teleworking during the coronavirus pandemic will get additional pay for working in county buildings or in the community. Three unions — the International Association of Fire Fighters (Local 1664), the Fraternal Order of Police (Lodge 35) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (Local 1994) or MCGEO — announced the agreements on Wednesday. Any employees who are teleworking or on paid administrative leave…

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Police, Firefighters Seek Workers’ Comp Protections For Coronavirus

Law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders are raising alarms about the unique threat posed by the novel coronavirus to their health — and the need to protect personnel who get sick. Some states have changed regulations to provide swifter access to workers’ compensation coverage for essential workers in the community during the coronavirus pandemic. These employee- funded benefits can cover lost wages, additional sick leave, job protections and…

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Dems Propose Expansion Of Benefit Program For Public Safety Officers Killed Or Disabled By Coronavirus

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is proposing to expand a federal program to provide benefits to police, firefighters and other public safety officers who are permanently disabled by coronavirus — or death benefits to their families if they die from complications connected to the virus. The New York Democrat’s bill, introduced Tuesday with Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Max Rose (D-N.Y.), would expand a federal program that provides similar…

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Weslaco Firefighters Union, City At Odds Over COVID-19 Response

The city of Weslaco is at odds with some of its own employees, who say its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is being mishandled and safety concerns are being ignored. The concerns came to light when the Weslaco Firefighters Association issued a news release Tuesday criticizing the fire department and city administration’s response to the pandemic, calling it “troubling.” The union is criticizing the city for making employees who…

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Akron Police Union Questions City Policy For Emergency Sick Leave During Coronavirus Pandemic

Several Akron first responders who were required to self-quarantine before April 1 are discovering they don’t qualify for additional emergency sick leave being offered by the city during the coronavirus pandemic. The city of Akron is providing employees up to two weeks emergency paid sick leave after the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The act mandates cities provide that time, but does not provide any funding,…

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Rochester Hills Gives Temporary Pay Bump To Firefighters And Paramedics

Rochester Hills, MI –  In light of the dangers being faced by first responders due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Rochester Hills City Council voted Monday to give them a temporary raise. The resolution grants “hazard pay” of “10% premium per hour while performing medical, fire, and first responder duties retroactive to March 24,2020 for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency… or 90 days from…

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Union Demands Line-Of-Duty Death Benefits For Fallen Firefighters

CHICAGO — Firefighters union boss Jim Tracy wants city leaders to promise line-of-duty death benefits to families of firefighters and paramedics who die from the new coronavirus. On Wednesday, after a second firefighter died from complications related to COVID-19, Tracy said Commissioner Richard Ford II refused to back his call to give full honors and benefits to firefighters who die from coronavirus, a move that would guarantee spouses of…

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Calhoun Co. Sheriff Suspended By Court Order

A District Court judge granted a petition filed by the Calhoun County attorney Tuesday afternoon to suspend Sheriff Scott Anderson from office, effective immediately. The order, granted in response to a petition for removal by County Attorney Tina Meth-Farrington, came after a closed session meeting with Calhoun County Supervisors Tuesday morning. It found that “sufficient cause appears from the verified allegations” to suspend Anderson for “willful misconduct or maladministration in office and…

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Cleveland Police Union Asks For Hazard Pay Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The FOX 8 I-TEAM has learned Cleveland police are asking for hazard pay since they are putting themselves at risk patrolling the streets during the outbreak of the coronavirus. The union has sent a letter to City Hall asking for $1200 per officer for each month the mayor’s proclamation of civil emergency is in effect.  Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association President Jeff Follmer said the officers…

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City, Unions Continue Discussions On Proposed Pay Cuts To Offset Budget Shortfall From COVID-19

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — The head of the local Fraternal Order of Police said Tuesday morning that the organization wants more information before voting on whether to accept the city’s proposed 3% pay cut announced last week. Later Tuesday, City Manager Brent Trout said discussions were ongoing between the city and unions regarding proposed salary reductions that were prompted by a substantial reduction in tax revenue as a result of…

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BSO Deputies Union Will Hold No-Confidence Vote On Sheriff Gregory Tony

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association will hold a no-confidence vote on Sheriff Gregory Tony starting Tuesday, Local 10 News has confirmed. Members of the union will have between Tuesday and next Monday to vote. The situation continues to get messier on the day the attorney for BSO Deputies Association President Jeff Bell held a news conference to discuss a forthcoming lawsuit following Bell’s suspension from…

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Kennewick Police Officers Come Out Of Retirement Amid Pandemic

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Two Kennewick police officers have come out of retirement to serve the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Kennewick Police Department said Monday that shortly after Gov. Jay Inslee announced his stay-at-home order in late March, the city’s police chief, Ken Hohenberg, got a call from two recently retired officers, Sgt. Ken Lattin and Det. Rick Runge. According to a post on KPD’s Facebook page, Lattin…

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Ex-KCPD Officer Who Said He Was Shot On Off-Duty Job Charged With Making False Report

A former Kansas City police officer who said he was shot in the chest while working off-duty last fall has been charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with making a false police report. Kelly Sapp, 53, faces a state misdemeanor charge for the incident that happened Sept. 14 while he patrolled a shopping center parking lot at 63rd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. After investigating the incident last year, Kansas City police announced…

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Cleveland Firefighters Are Using Expired N95 Masks, According To Union President

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Two Cleveland firefighters are positive for COVID-19, and a handful of others are showing symptoms according to Cleveland Firefighters Union President Francis Lally. “It’s unfortunate that we have two, but it’s really fortunate that we only have 2,” Lally said. Fortunate, Lally says, considering his contention that the city of Cleveland has under funded the budget to replenish personal protective equipment. The critical issue right…

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Mill Creek Police Chief Under Investigation For Misconduct

MILL CREEK — Police Chief Greg Elwin is under a city investigation for a slew of blistering allegations, including that he associated with criminals, used his position for personal gain, and was “dishonest or disgraceful,” according to city records. Elwin was placed on paid administrative leave on Jan. 17 after the Mill Creek Police Officer’s Guild informed City Manager Michael Ciaravino that day that the guild had voted no…

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“It’s Okay, I Know How To Drive Fast. I Am A Cop”: Aurora Police Officer Fired After Drunk Driving Crash

An Aurora police officer was fired after he allegedly drove his car into a tree while intoxicated and driving 55 mph in a residential neighborhood in Colorado Springs. Interim police Chief Vanessa Wilson announced Monday that she fired Officer Jaired Dozier, who graduated from the police academy in August. As a new employee, he was still on probation and therefore can’t appeal his termination, Wilson said in a news…

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COVID-19 And Public Safety

Police Get Creative To Stay Safe And Keep Order As Coronavirus Spreads Late last month, as officials in Cambridge, Massachusetts, scrambled to defend the city against the coronavirus, Patrol Officer Bob Reardon got an assignment that signaled how suddenly his job had changed. Someone complained about a football game. There was no violence, no loud noise, no threats — just a group of men playing pickup in violation of…

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Two Ontario Police Officers Told To Prove Residency

ONTARIO — Two police officers in Ontario are facing termination if they do not have Oregon issued driver licenses soon. The Ontario City Council held a brief meeting at noon on Tuesday “to discuss a personnel issue.” Mayor Riley Hill called for the special meeting that City Manager Adam Brown outlined in an email message sent at noon the previous day. The email stated that the discussion of the…

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Grant Will Help Northern Michigan Fire Departments With Recruiting

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) — Rural fire services in northern Michigan will be receiving some much-needed help. The Northern Michigan Fire Chiefs Association (NMFCA) was awarded a $350,000 grant to assist the recruitment and retention efforts in rural fire services. According to the National Fire Department Registry, there are 966 registered fire departments in the state of Michigan; nearly 66 percent of those are volunteer departments and 21 percent are…

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Newport City Police Union Did Write A Letter About Sidelined Police Chief

NEWPORT CITY — The local union of Newport City police officers and dispatchers sent a signed letter to the city mayor and council about now-sidelined police Chief Seth DiSanto. However, nearly all the contents and purpose of that letter remain a mystery and other now-public documents remain undisclosed. Defense attorney David Sleigh filed a second request for public documents last week about DiSanto, who has been on administrative leave…

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Texas Governor Suspends Regulations To Increase EMS Workforce

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the suspension of some EMS regulations in order to increase the workforce responding to COVID-19 in the state. Medical directors can now permit those who are qualified, but not formally certified, to provide services to patients, according to a statement from the governor’s office.   “Local Medical Directors can expand the scope of practice for personnel who are qualified but not certified….

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COVID-19 And Public Safety News

Lacking Protective Gear And National Standards, Police Innovate Through Coronavirus WASHINGTON (SBG) — The coronavirus hasn’t put a stop to 911 calls. But experts say police officers in many places are missing key items when they respond: personal protective equipment and a national standard for how to handle a caller with COVID-19. As a result, many departments are innovating to keep officers safe in this crisis. In Baltimore County, Maryland, the police…

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COVID-19 And Public Safety News

Coronavirus Hits Hundreds Of U.S. Police Amid Protective Gear Shortages New York (Reuters) – When nine police officers showed up to make an arrest near Melrose Avenue in the Bronx last Wednesday, none wore a mask or gloves to protect them from coronavirus. Similar scenes play out all over the city daily: officers making arrests, walking their beats and responding to 911 calls without protective gear, according to interviews…

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No Pay Raise For New York Public Workers For At Least 90 Days

Union workers are upset and angry, after finding out Wednesday night that New York state is delaying raises for at least 90 days. The 2% raise, set to take effect in mid-April, was something 80,000 public workers in New York were not only looking forward to, but depending on. “We take it as a slap in the face,” said Mark Deburgomaster, the Western Region VP, for the New York…

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