Kansas City Council Approves Firefighter Wage Deal

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City Council on Thursday voted in favor of a new wage deal through April 30, 2020, with the local firefighters union. The council majority said the deal was a good compromise to resolve a months-long impasse with Local 42 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents about 1,100 firefighters and ambulance workers in the city. Council members Heather Hall and Teresa…

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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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Atlanta Firefighters Flocking To Other Departments

ATLANTA, – It’s one of the most dangerous jobs of all. Being a firefighter means battling smoke and flames, and the dangers of a building collapse. The city of Atlanta is now advertising for new firefighters. The firefighters’ union told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot that’s because so many current firefighters are leaving. Both the Atlanta fire chief and the firefighters’ union president agree that Atlanta has some of the…

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Frustrated Newark Police Recruits Go Weeks Without Pay

NEWARK, NJ – As of Thursday morning, the members of the latest class of Newark Police Department trainees had yet to be paid despite four weeks of work, NJ Advance Media has learned. Multiple sources familiar with the situation confirmed that two pay periods have come and gone since the 62 recruits began training in Passaic County on November 5, with none receiving paychecks, the sources said. In a…

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Western Pennsylvania Relies Heavily On Part-Time Cops Who Receive Low Pay, No Benefits

They wear uniforms, take the same risks and train to the standards of all Pennsylvania police officers. Yet state records show about 28 percent of municipal police officers who patrol communities in Western Pennsylvania are employed part time, making $10.50 to $16 an hour with no health benefits. Since 2011, three of them died on duty and a fourth is paralyzed from the waist down from a bullet wound….

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Departing Deputies Costing Contra Costa County $1.5 Million

MARTINEZ, CA – Contra Costa has lost more than $1 million over the past five years as dozens of sheriff’s deputies it pays to recruit and train have left for higher-paying jobs elsewhere. The steady departure of deputies — more than 100 have resigned in the last two years — is a growing issue for both the undermanned Sheriff’s Office and county supervisors, who will soon begin contract talks…

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Low Salary Major Cause Of Turnover At Oneida County Jail

ONEIDA COUNTY, NY – Oneida County’s correction officers don’t stick around long. The turnover rate has been around 10 percent a year for the past three years. It costs the county hundreds of thousands of dollars to fill gaps and train new people, and makes it a less safe place to work. The reason? Salaries. The $30,754 starting salary is among the lowest in the state. “The long and…

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Wilkes-Barre Seeks To Vacate Decision Awarding Pay To Injured Firefighters

WILKES-BARRE, PA – City officials on Thursday filed suit seeking to vacate an arbitration decision awarding two weeks’ pay and benefits to injured firefighters who received their full salaries while on leave. At issue is a Sept. 18 opinion by arbitrator James C. Peck Jr. of Media in which he found the city improperly withheld 42 hours of pay from Assistant Chief Thomas Makar and firefighter Gregory Freitas after…

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Billboards Only Look Like A Police Recruitment Effort

KINGSVILLE, TX – Some billboards in Kingsville are drawing confusion and controversy. Turns out, what some think is an inappropriate recruiting technique, is actually an attempt to get Kleberg County Sheriff’s Deputies and jailers a raise. One of the billboards is right outside the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office. It advertises that Nueces County is hiring certified jailers and patrol officers at $14.95 per hour. Kleberg deputies get hired at…

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30,000 Ohio State Workers To Get First Raise Since 2008

State employees will get their first pay raises since 2008 under a new contract approved by the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association and preliminarily by the state. The cost to taxpayers of raises and benefits will be about $295 million over three years, according to the state Office of Budget and Management. The three-year contact gives about 30,000 unionized state employees raises of 2.5 percent annually, holds the line…

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Mayor Announces 10 Percent Pay Raise For NOPD; Firefighters React With Strong Words

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Strong words tonight for Mayor Mitch Landrieu from the New Orleans Fire fighter’s union. Fire fighters feel left out after the mayor announced police officers will get a 10 percent raise. It’s no secret that the New Orleans Police Department has had problems with manpower since Hurricane Katrina. On Friday, the mayor announced the city will exceed its 2014 revenue forecast by nearly $15 million,…

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El Paso Firefighters Among Lowest Paid In Texas, Trying To Avoid Pay Cut

EL PASO, TX – Early voting starts Monday for the May 9 election and El Paso firefighters are trying to avoid a pay cut. The El Paso Fire Union, Local 51 and the city could not negotiate a contract when it came to health insurance and raises. With the cities offer, firefighters say they’ll be taking a pay cut. More than 200 fire fighters and their families lined up…

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Wisconsin State Trooper Union Contract With 17 Percent Raises Rejected On Partisan Vote

MADISON, WI – Republican lawmakers rejected a proposed contract negotiated by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration that would have given state troopers a 17 percent pay raise on average, saying Thursday it would never get the votes necessary to pass the full Legislature. Instead, Republican legislative leaders urged the troopers’ union and Walker administration to resume negotiations and reach a new deal with a raise closer to 3 percent. “I’ve…

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New San Diego PD Contract Aimed At Easing Recruitment Woes

SAN DIEGO — San Diego and its police officers labor union announced on Friday a tentative agreement for compensation increases that aim to help reverse recent struggles with recruiting new officers and retaining existing staff. The five-year pact doesn’t include salary hikes until July 2018, but most officers would see large jumps in their take-home pay starting this July because the $92 million deal includes sharp increases in benefits…

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New Houston PD Contract Aimed At Easing Recruitment Woes

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Police Department hopes a new union contract that targets raises primarily to younger officers will ward off recruiting struggles that have forced it to offer bonuses to cadets. The agreement, which Mayor Annise Parker and Houston Police Officers Union president Ray Hunt announced Monday, is aimed at helping HPD compete with peer agencies. “The fact that we’ve been having to pay hiring bonuses as…

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City Of New Orleans Employees To Get Merit Raises In 2015 – Except For Police And Fire

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Police officers and firefighters will not be among the New Orleans city workers in line for a merit raise in 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration said Thursday. A merit pay increase for civil service employees is part of the city’s massive overhaul of the civil service system, known as the “Great Place to Work Initiative,” that went into effect this year. City employees who receive…

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