Deputies’ Union President Files Assault Complaint Against Sheriff

A sergeant with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department who also is head of the deputies’ union has filed an aggravated assault complaint against Sheriff Chris Nanos. Sgt. Kevin Kubitskey told Tucson police that he was assaulted by Nanos at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, according to a police report obtained by the Star through a public records request. Because Kubitskey is a member of law enforcement, the incident…

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San Bernardino, Fire Union Resolve $40 Million In Claims

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides. The City Council voted 6-0 Monday to approve the settlement, one week after approving a tentative version of the plan in closed session. “Reaching equitable settlements are essential to exiting bankruptcy,” City Attorney Gary Saenz said in a written…

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Police Union Goes On Attack After Lapd Chief

LOS ANGELES, CA – The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers lashed out at Chief Charlie Beck today, linking his policies to a surge in crime and calling for hearings at City Hall on his anti-crime strategies. The Los Angeles Police Protective League asked that the City Council’s Public Safety Committee “immediately hold public hearings to determine the effectiveness of Chief Beck’s current crime reducing efforts and what…

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Settlement Of Firefighters’ Lawsuit Brings Criticism From City Council Member, Then Reaction From Fire Union

SANTA PAULA, CA – The City Council learned at the December 21 meeting that Santa Paula settled a lawsuit with its own firefighters over the city’s attempt to fill vacant shifts with Reserves, a decision that reaffirmed the existing policy and brought bitter comment from a councilman. Santa Paula’s full-time firefighters are represented by the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association, which filed a lawsuit against the city in March…

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Denver police union files ethics complaint against Stephanie O’Malley

DENVER, Colo. – The Denver police union has filed an ethics complaint against Stephanie O’Malley, who oversees the city’s public safety department. Daelene Mix, a spokeswoman for the safety department, said in an e-mail to The Denver Post, “Executive Director O’Malley has not been contacted regarding the complaint filed by the PPA; however, if the Denver Board of Ethics decides to render an advisory opinion she will fully cooperate…

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Maryland Governor Blames Corrections Union For Inability To Fire Employees Charged With Crime; Meant To Blame State Law Instead

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan blamed the state’s largest employee’s union for not being able to remove corrections employees who face charges that range from driving under the influence to assault. The governor said the union has prevented the state from being able to remove “these bad actors.” Union officials said the governor doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s not the union contract but rather state…

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Staffing Dispute Heats Up Between Iowa Firefighters, City Leaders

DES MOINES, IA – A staffing controversy is heating up between Des Moines firefighters and city leaders. According to the Local 4 firefighter union, 80 percent of firefighters want a change in leadership. Union leaders said the number of firefighters has slid from 310 to 280, which alarms leaders since crews are responding to 600 more calls this year compared to last year. That dissatisfaction of rank is detailed…

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Toledo Mayor Trying Another Approach To Reconciling Fire Chief, Union

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson announced today that she will put together a new committee to address the ongoing dispute between Toledo’s fire department administration and rank-and-file union. The mayor said members of business, labor, government, and faith groups will volunteer their time to help mend the dispute between Toledo Firefighters Local 92 and Chief Luis Santiago. “To this end, we’re not giving up. This is a community problem and it…

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City Manager Takes Back Threat Against Police Funding

City Manager Mike Matthes retracted a statement he made last week that he would not recommend ballot measures to pay for more police officers until the city’s police union fired its director. Matthes said his comment made officers “feel uncertain about the future and that I was penalizing them for the actions of their union’s attorney.” He said it pained him to hear officers’ reactions and that he plans…

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Omaha Police Union Files Second Petition Against Mayor

OMAHA, NE – The union representing Omaha police officers has filed another petition with the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations. The Omaha Police Officers Association filed a second petition asking the court to issue a temporary order banning Mayor Jean Stothert from soliciting members until it rules on the first petition, which accuses Stothert of bargaining in bad faith. The OPOA’s initial petition challenges Stothert’s legal right to communicate…

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Because Of Firefighter Hiring Plans, Irving Police ‘Are Not Feeling The Love’

IRVING, TX – As Irving gets set to open a new fire station next year, a hiring spree could make it one of few area cities with more firefighters than police officers. For years, fire officials have complained that Irving has outgrown its emergency network. The plan — which could add more than 50 recruits to the just over 300 firefighters now serving — would let engines and ambulances…

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Over Union’s Objection, Milwaukee’s Police Chief Unanimously Reappointed

MILWAUKEE, WI – In a unanimous decision, the city’s Fire and Police Commission reappointed Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn to a third four-year term Thursday. The reappointment process has been criticized for a lack of transparency, which commission chairwoman Sarah Morgan addressed with a prepared statement, saying the commission hears public comment at every meeting and commissioners are civilians who represent a cross-section of Milwaukee. All six people, including…

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Top Pennsylvania Cop Won’t Be Charged In Sign-Removal Case

CARLISLE, Pa. — The acting commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police will not be charged for removing roadside signs near his suburban Harrisburg home that protested his decision to wear the trooper uniform, a county prosecutor said Thursday. Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said Col. Marcus Brown had no intent to commit theft. Rather, he had sought to keep the signs from being seen by his wife and…

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New Orleans Mayor And Firefighters Talking Cease Fire As Lawsuits Mount

Firefighters and Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration may be headed back to the negotiating table in an effort to hammer out a grand bargain that would salvage the firefighters pension fund as well as resolve a half dozen lawsuits and more than $100 million in legal judgments. Trustees for the Fire Fighters Pension and Relief Fund on Wednesday voted to give their attorney, Louis Robein, the authority to enter talks…

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Atlanta Mayor Chided by Police Union for Participating in ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Photo

ATLANTA, GA – A local police union is upset with Mayor Kasim Reed over a photo that they say perpetuates fear of public safety officers. At issue is a December photo of Reed and a host celebrities, including actor Chris Tucker and rapper Ludacris, with arms raised in a gesture commonly referred to “hands up, don’t shoot.” The gesture has come to symbolize tension between law enforcement agencies and…

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Tensions Mount Between NYC Mayor, Police Union

NEW YORK, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the latest volley Tuesday in his ongoing battle with the city’s police union, dismissing their ability to speak for rank-and-file officers in the wake of their call to ban him from future New York Police Department funerals. The relationship between de Blasio and the police unions has grown steadily more poisonous after a grand jury’s decision not to indict a…

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Police Chief’s Status Blasted By Union

IRVINGTON, NJ –The head of the township’s police union unleashed scathing criticisms of township officials this week for allowing Police Chief Michael Chase to remain on the job despite misconduct allegations that remain unresolved more than two years after they surfaced. Maurice Gattison, president of the Irvington Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said the department’s rank and file has grown increasingly agitated with the slow pace of hearings related to dozens…

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