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Disarray In Omaha Over Fire Union Contract

OMAHA, NE &#8211 After years of negotiations, the City of Omaha and its firefighters still don’t have a contract. The one they agreed upon was sent to the city council, who, after heavily amending the agreement, rejected it. The city now has three options: 1) Try once more to push the deal through the city council; 2) go back to the negotiating drawing board or 3) take the battle…

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Miami Tells Unions To Redo Contracts Because Of ‘Fiscal Urgency’

MIAMI, FL &#8211 Facing a $61 million budget deficit for 2012, the City of Miami has told its four major unions that they must renegotiate their labor agreements or face cuts. City Manager Johnny Martinez issued the following one-paragraph memo to the mayor and city commissioners: Declaration of Fiscal Urgency: Please be advised that I am declaring a financial urgency pursuant to section 447.4095, Florida Statutes, with regard to…

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New Orleans Losing Officers Faster Than It Can Replace Them, FOP Says

A recent issue of the New Orleans FOP’s newsletter says that “in the past year, the New Orleans Police Department has lost nearly 200 veteran police officers and recruits, bringing our commissioned strength to dangerously low levels.” According to an FOP spokesman, the department employs approximately 1,380 sworn officers, which is down from the preferred staffing level of between 1,700 and 2,000. FOP Spokesman Harry Dean: “Because of budget…

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Long Beach Firefighters Will Match Police Union’s Pension Offer

LONG BEACH, CA &#8211 Long Beach’s Firefighters Association Local 372’s president is now saying they will match a proposal by the Police Officers Association to start covering all the employee’s share of pension costs, but union officials say they want a promise that there won’t be a reduction of staffing in return. “We’re going to give the city what they want,” Local 372 President Rich Brandt said. “They’re looking…

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Turmoil In Hackensack Police Department Increases With Union Leader Now Facing Criminal Charges

HACKENSACK, NJ &#8211 The leader of Hackensack’s police union chapter and a key player in the ongoing turmoil within the Hackensack Police Department was charged Aug. 3 with official misconduct, aggravated assault and falsifying records for allegedly striking and injuring a man, according to authorities. Anthony Ferraioli, a 21-year police veteran, is alleged to have struck Andrew Milberg on the head during questioning June 7 regarding an assault outside…

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Bankrupt Rhode Island City Wants To Pay Bond Holders, But Not Pensioners

CENTRAL FALLS, RI &#8211 When the small, beleaguered city of Central Falls, R.I., filed for bankruptcy this month, it sought to cut the pension checks it has been sending its retired police officers, firefighters and other workers by as much as half. All the city promises now is that its retirees, many of whom do not get Social Security, will not have their benefits cut to less than $10,000…

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NY Times Story On Phoenix PD Tattoo Policy

PHOENIX, AZ &#8211 Police department tattoo policy is a hot topic right now. The New York Times recently ran an article on the Phoenix PD’s new policy on tattoos. Because of the intense Arizona heat, Phoenix police officers won’t be required to completely cover their tattoos as they are in many other departments. Starting August 28, officers will not be allowed to show tattoos or body markings on their…

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Brownsville commission votes to cancel firefighter contract

BROWNSVILLE, TX &#8211 The Brownsville City Commission has voted to terminate the collective bargaining agreement with the Brownsville Firefighters Association, Local No. 970. The commission also passed a resolution authorizing the continuation of certain pay and benefits. The resolution maintains base pay, seniority pay, longevity pay, supplemental pay, assignment pay, tuition reimbursement, clothing allowance, holiday pay, vacation leave and sick-leave accrual, but health insurance benefits, life insurance, step-up pay,…

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Sacramento Firefighters Agree To Delay Raise, Contribute 6% To Pension

SACRAMENTO, CA &#8211 Sacramento firefighters have agreed to contribute 6% towards their pensions and to delay a 5% raise originally due in 2008. The decision makes the firefighters the first public safety union in Sacramento to pay part of their pension contribution. The 6% pension contribution and the pay increase are both scheduled to start on January 1, 2013. The 17-month contract was ratified by members on Saturday August…

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Vallejo exits bankruptcy

This post original appeared in Calpension.com. Vallejo got court approval to exit from bankruptcy last week with a plan that includes a sharp increase in pension payments to CalPERS — the opposite of what many expected when the city declared bankruptcy in May 2008. Unions feared that bankruptcy would be used to overturn labor contracts covering pay and pensions. Legislation to curb municipal bankruptcies by requiring approval from a…

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Hundreds of Chicago officers could be punished for not filing ethics statements

CHICAGO, IL &#8211 According to the Chicago Sun-Times, as many as 1,000 Chicago Police officers could be disciplined for not filing their annual city ethics statements by the June 1 deadline. Officers were notified of the deadline electronically instead of by mail. The fate of the officers remains unclear. Rich Superfine, an attorney with the city’s Board of Ethics says: “Whether there’s one or a million , there can…

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Yet More Discord Over D.C. Police Department’s ‘All Hands on Deck’ program

WASHINGTON, DC – Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s All Hands on Deck (AHOD) program has suffered another setback. The District’s Public Employee Relation Board has upheld a 2009 arbitration decision requiring overtime pay for officers required to work AHOD and directs police officials to rescind orders enabling the initiative. AHOD, which is a major crime prevention according to the chief or “the most expensive public relations campaign this…

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Detroit to put desk officers on street patrol

In order to combat a rising murder rate that is on pace to be its highest in a decade, the city of Detroit is instituting a policy to place desk officers on patrol called Operation Inside Out: Night Angels. This new policy will require most desk officers to put in eight hours of patrol time each week. Police Chief Ralph Godbee says this will result in 40 to 50…

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Section 7(k) Decision Out Of Buffalo

This article comes from our sister blog FLSA Cases The partial overtime exemption in Section 207(k) allows law enforcement and fire protection agencies to use a “work period” of between seven and 28 days in length as an alternative to the normal workweek, and has higher overtime thresholds for public safety employees (roughly 43 hours a week for law enforcement, and 53 hours a week for fire protection). For…

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Mayor launches probe into police chief’s Board of Ed job

UNION CITY, NJ – Charles Everett makes $209,700 a year as police chief of Union City, New Jersey. To make ends meet, he also works a $60-an-hour security job for a recreational center run by the Board of Education. Recent reports that the chief has not actually been working the security job have led Mayor Brian Stack to hire an independent investigator to examine the claims and recommend any…

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Miami Beach pension reductions face legal problems

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Millions of dollars in pension savings for the city of Miami Beach were further delayed and jeopardized this week after the city lost decisions in two key legal battles over its police union contract and pension reform proposals. On Thursday, Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely ruled that pension reforms agreed to last summer by the city’s police and firefighter unions and then passed into law…

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Quite A Week In Miami: FOP Supports Mayor’s Recall, Then Mayor Asks Department Of Justice To Investigate PD

MIAMI, FL – Mayor Thomas Regaldo has requested the Department of Justice investigate the police department’s use of force policies after nine police-involved shooting since April 2010. Seven of these incidents resulted in fatalities to black men. In a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, Regalado asked “the DOJ to review the policies and practices of the MPD regarding the use of force and the procedures for subsequent…

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Long Beach budget will cut $20.3 million, 168 positions

LONG BEACH, CA – The new city budget for Long Beach, California cuts 168 positions, including 75 in the police department, but actually protects against police layoffs. This is because of the distinction between “positions” and “jobs.” Most of the positions being eliminated are already vacant. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said that the labor agreement reached with the police union was key in helping with the city’s financial…

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Florida sheriff reaches $2 million settlement in age discrimination lawsuit filed by six employees

From The St. Petersburg Times: The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has reached a $2 million settlement with six former employees who sued the agency for age discrimination after they were let go more than two years ago. Two of the employees, lawyers Mary Anne Burke and Mike Randall, started with the office in 1993 under former Sheriff Lee Cannon. All six were 56 or older when they were forced…

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FOP challenges whether high-level police appointees violate residency rules

A portion of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department positions are filled by appointments rather than the competitive hiring process. The D.C. Code states that these excepted service employees are required to be residents of the District within 180 days of their appointment or forfeit their position. According to the Washington Times: The D.C. Code provides that only police officers at the rank of captain can be selected for…

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New agreement between Detroit and police officers could save millions in pension costs

The city of Detroit and its police officers have signed a landmark agreement that may be used a model for other cities nationwide. The city persuaded officers to accept reduced pension benefits that will result in a huge savings for the city. “This is a historic agreement for the city and the DPOA,” said Mayor Dave Bing in a statement. “It shows that we are executing our plan to…

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Hackers crash sheriffs’ association website

The AntiSec movement has struck again. The organization of computer hackers known as Anonymous has already struck over 70 law enforcement-related websites, including the Arizona DPS, has attacked the website of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune: “The attack disabled the association’s website, and the hackers accessed and published the Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, usernames and passwords of scores of law…

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‘Dire’ fiscal state forces rhode island city into bankruptcy

CENTRAL FALLS, RI – According to Bloomberg, the town of Central Falls, Rhode Island (pop. 18,716) has sought Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. The city was unable to get concessions from municipal employees and is requesting that the court void all union contracts. Robert Flanders, a former state supreme court justice, has been named to oversee the city’s finances. “The city’s financial condition has deteriorated to the point where it…

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