Fire Union Files Complaint Over Hair Policy Dispute

ELGIN, IL – The Elgin firefighters’ union filed a labor complaint against the city after three of its members were told to cut their hair, which they had been growing to protest their 25-month lack of contract. International Association of Firefighters Local 439 President Vince Rychtanek said he, Vice President Edward Hanson and Shop Steward Joe Villella started letting their hair grow sometime after April 2015 to protest that…

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Jacksonville Firefighters Forced To Shave Beards Or Face Limited Shifts

JACKSONVILLE, FL – A battle is brewing within the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department over whether firefighters should be forced to shave their beards. Many Jacksonville firefighters are being held back after a memo was sent to them saying they needed to be clean-shaven by their next duty day or be placed on administrative duty. Ivan Mote, the vice president of the Jacksonville Brotherhood of Firefighters, said that’s a…

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