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Union: New Prison Guard Pact Includes 9 Percent In Raises

SACRAMENTO, CA – The union representing most California state prison guards said Wednesday it has agreed to a labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary increase over three years. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said the agreement includes concessions he sought last year to help reduce the state’s long-term costs of providing retirees’ health care benefits. Correctional officers would start paying toward their eventual benefits under the proposed contract….

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Poughkeepsie Police Chief Frustrated Over Contract Delay

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – City police officers have begun their fifth year without a cost of living increase added to their salaries. Approval of a police contract between the Police Benevolent Association and the City of Poughkeepsie was put on hold in December for the fourth consecutive year. “It’s frustrating,” Police Chief Ronald Knapp said about the contract’s delay. While crime is down overall, the news has nevertheless lowered morale…

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LA Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement With Police Union

LOS ANGELES,CA – After months of failed negotiations, Los Angeles city officials on Friday struck a tentative agreement with the union representing the city’s police officers, sources close to the deal said. The agreement would grant raises in the last three years of a four-year contract, the sources said. In July 2016, officers would see a 4% pay increase, followed by 2% increases in 2017 and 2018. It would…

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Toledo Police Reject Contract Approved By Firefighters

TOLEDO, OH – The union representing Toledo’s police patrolmen, which was led by Mayor D. Michael Collins as its president for a decade, voted Tuesday to reject a proposed three-year contract hammered out last week with the mayor days before he suffered a cardiac arrest. Chief of Staff Robert Reinbolt and Dan Wagner , president of the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association, said the 476-member union voted down the contract…

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Omaha Police Union Wins Lawsuit; Contract Rolls Over For One Year

OMAHA, NE – The Omaha police union contract is automatically extended through 2014 with no changes, a judge ruled last week. Douglas County District Judge Joseph Troia ruled that the City of Omaha failed to give appropriate notice that it intended to begin bargaining for 2014. The judge’s ruling settles a lawsuit brought by the union. Mayor Jean Stothert said in a press release that the city will appeal…

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Under Contract, Retiree Health Benefits Can Be Tied to Those Provided Active Employees

For more than 20 years and over the span of approximately 60 collective bargaining agreements, the City of Duluth entered into language calling for the provision of retiree health care coverage to its police officers, firefighters, and other employees. Two contract clauses cover the issue of retiree health care. The first clause, which nominally covered only active employees, provided that retirees “shall receive hospital-medical insurance coverage to the same…

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Fresno firefighters agree to pay cut; police say no negotiations are occurring

Facing a $3 million budget hole, the City of Fresno has reached out to its employee unions and have asked them to make sacrifices. The Fresno Firefighters have responded, agreeing to a 3% pay cut, saving the city $660,000 this year. Association President Jerry Smith believes the firefighters have already given up their fair share. “Firefighters are already being furloughed more than any other city employee. We’re taking a…

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