Slow Response To Police Union Records Request To Cost Milwaukee $13,000

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee is on the hook for $13,000 because the Fire and Police Commission failed to respond in a timely manner to a police union open records request concerning the Dontre Hamilton shooting, according to the city attorney’s office. “This is an outrageous waste of money,” Ald. Bob Bauman said Thursday after reviewing a letter to the Common Council from City Attorney Grant Langley and Assistant City…

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California Court Orders Disclosure Of Retiree Names, Pension Amounts

The California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility (CFFR) filed a public records request with the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association, seeking the disclosure of the names of retirees who in any month in 2010 received $8,333 or more in pension benefits, the pension amounts, and how they were calculated. The Association argued that the records were exempt from disclosure because on balance the interests of retirees in privacy outweighed…

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Public Records Law Trumps Arbitrator’s Decision

In September 2007, Local 890 of the International Association of Fire Fighters filed a grievance challenging a reprimand issued by the Klamath County, Oregon Fire District to a firefighter. During the grievance process, the District discovered new information and rescinded the reprimand. The District removed the disciplinary investigation records from the firefighter’s personnel file and placed them into a separate sealed file. The Association then filed a new grievance,…

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Racial Profiling Complaints Are Not Exempt From Public Disclosure

Maryland’s statutes concerning public documents are similar to those in many states, and contain an exemption allowing the non-disclosure of documents that are “personnel records.” A recent decision from the Maryland Court of Appeals addressed whether racial profiling records fit within the “personnel records” exception. The case had its origins in a 2003 consent decree entered into by the NAACP and the Maryland State Police. In 2007, the NAACP…

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Firefighters Entitled To Salary And Benefit Information Of Employer Group

In 1941, the New Hampshire Municipal Association was formed to provide legal, legislative advocacy, and other services to its members, which are comprised of political subdivisions such as cities and counties. The Association was later renamed the Local Government Center, or LGC. In 2007, the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire requested a number of documents from LGC and its subsidiaries, including salary and benefit records for LGC employees. When…

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In Spite Of Contract Clause, Sheriff’s Union Entitled to See Other Deputies’ Disciplinary Files

Corrections officers working for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin are represented by Local 567 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. A clause in the collective bargaining agreement requires a written authorization from employees before release of personnel records. When a corrections officer received a ten-day suspension after an inmate he was guarding escaped from a medical clinic, Local 567 filed a grievance challenging the disciplinary decision. Local…

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