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First Thursday, April 2017

LRIS Podcast

This month’s cases: Curious Court Decision Overturning Arbitrator’s Opinion, Forest Preserve District of Cook County v. Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, 33 PERI ¶ 91 (lll. App. 2017); Use Of Private Cell Phone Can Create Public Record, City of San Jose v. Superior Court, 2017 WL 818506 (Cal. 2017); Random Drug Testing For Corrections Employees Upheld, Washington v. Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas, 2017 WL 474322…

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Nebraska Supreme Court Ends Fight Between Police Union And City Of Omaha

OMAHA, NE – he Nebraska Supreme Court ends a fight between Omaha’s police union and city government, filing its conclusion on the last day of 2015. The city’s appeal sought to overturn Judge Joseph Troia’s ruling — that the collective bargaining agreement for police had rolled over into a new year. Lawyers for the city argued the police union “was deceptive” in its negotiations — never informing the city…

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San Antonio Fire Union President Re-Elected, Seen as Endorsement of Union’s Hard-Line Stand

In an election seen as demonstrating widespread support for the hard line the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association is taking in the ongoing staredown with City Manager Sherly Sculley over police and fire health benefits, SAPFFA President Chris Steele has been re-elect to a seventh two year term, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. Steele pointed out that ‘more than 50%’ of the union’s members voted in the election, ‘which…

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First Thursday, May 2015

Cases discussed in this month’s podcast include: The negotiability of workplace cameras, IAFF, Local 3315 v. Snohomish Fire District 3, 2015 WL 1013220 (Wash. PERC 2015) Arbitrator’s reinstatement of officer in excess force case does not violate public policy, City of Bloomington v. Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, 2015 IL App (4th) 140192-U (Ill. App. 2015) Union can assume city’s negotiators have authority, City of Springfield, 31 PERI ¶…

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San Bernardino Bankruptcy: Judge Rules City Can Reject Police Contract

RIVERSIDE, CA – A federal judge in San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the city can reject its bargaining agreement with the city’s police union. The city first asked for the power to reject the agreement in March 2013, so that it could impose a new contract that would leave more money in its coffers as it struggles to put together a workable post-bankruptcy budget — and less…

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Move In Kansas To End Public Employee Bargaining Over Virtually Everything

Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would significantly scale back the collective bargaining power of public sector unions. Senate Bill 179, which had a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, would define “conditions of employment” to exclusively mean salaries and wages in future contract negotiations between state and local governments and employees. That would mean that sick leave, insurance benefits and retirement benefits, for example, would…

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Police Union Challenges APD Settlement With Dept. Of Justice

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association argues in a court filing that the settlement between the Department of Justice and the city undercuts the union’s collective bargaining agreement – a position the union wants a chance to argue before a federal judge approves the DOJ settlement. “It is the opinion of the APOA that the (105) page Settlement Agreement proposes sweeping changes to the City of Albuquerque…

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New Tactic In Stalled San Antonio Health Insurance Negotiations: A ‘Push Poll’

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Officials at the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association were outraged Wednesday over reports that a telephone poll regarding stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the city was being conducted in San Antonio. “When we have taken our message to the community, we offered 100 percent transparency by announcing on each public outreach item that it was from SAPOA. We also told the truth and used verifiable…

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Corpus Christi Cancels Firefighters’ Contract

CORPUS CHRISTI – City officials are tired of stalled negotiations with the firefighters’ union continuing indefinitely with no signs of progress, so they’ve take a drastic step to move the process forward. City Council approved a resolution Tuesday to cancel the collective bargaining agreement between the city and its 414 employees covered by the contract. “I’m hopeful that the fire union and their negotiation team will want to come…

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