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Reaching out

VIDEO: Officer Helps Homeless Family

VIDEO: Officer Helps Homeless Family

Robert Wood had just returned to Oregon from Alaska with his two young sons, wife and baby-to-be. According to a report from KMTR News, they hadn’t found housing yet, so Wood said he was planning to sleep in the car with the family at Alton Baker Park to save money. That’s where a Eugene Police […]

NYPD Cops Say Thank You

NYPD Cops Say Thank You

The PBA of New York City, the union representing 24,000 NYPD officers, is running the message below in the March issue of American Police Beat. The message is a moving, heartfelt thank you to all their brothers and sisters in law enforcement—from the U.S., Canada and around the world—who came to New York City to […]

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NJ Police Union Prez Asks for “Basic Human Decency”

NJ Police Union Prez Asks for “Basic Human Decency”

The head of the New Jersey State Police union told federal lawmakers today that “basic human decency” requires the extradition of convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard amid efforts to restore relations with Cuba. “We urge you to demand and include the immediate return of Chesimard before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with […]

Mob Rule Means No Justice

Mob Rule Means No Justice

Ed. Note: Harry S. Stern is a trial attorney and managing partner at Rains Lucia Stern, a California law firm that specializes in representing peace officers. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a police officer with the city of Berkeley and a member of the Berkeley Police Association board of directors. Nearly two decades ago, the great constitutional […]

Pay Wars

Suit Likely if Raises to Retirees Aren’t Paid

Suit Likely if Raises to Retirees Aren’t Paid

Scranton’s police pension board plans to sue the city if members don’t get their raises. Only the pension board has the authority to administer the pension funds, board solicitor Larry Durkin said Wednesday. That means the Pennsylvania city had no right to halt raises based on its claim that the severely distressed funds cannot not […]

Texas Supreme Court: No Early Withdrawls

Texas Supreme Court: No Early Withdrawls

In a landmark decision, the Texas Supreme Court has upheld a controversial ruling that prevents public employees in the city of Houston from cashing in early on their pensions. Below is the press release in full, announcing the decision. — HOUSTON, March 24, 2015 – Baker Botts LLP, a leading international business law firm, announced that on […]

California Workers May Lose Pensions

California Workers May Lose Pensions

This is tough reading from the Los Angeles Times, which has run a story with the headline, “California public workers may be at risk of losing promised pensions.” The story reads: “As millions of private employees lost their pension benefits in recent years, government workers rested easy, believing that their promised retirements couldn’t be touched. Now the safety […]

San Jose POA Pension Fight May be Over

San Jose POA Pension Fight May be Over

A spokesman for San Jose’s police union said Friday that labor and city officials may be closing in on a deal to roll back pension reform Measure B in exchange for cost savings and a resolution to a bitter, years-long legal and political conflict. Tom Saggau, spokesman for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, told […]

The Enemy

Pressure to End Dues Deduction Rises

Pressure to End Dues Deduction Rises

Tom Mechler, the newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, is all for passage of  SB 1968, a bill that would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public-sector unions in Texas, claiming it will “restore fairness to the negotiating process.” “We don’t think the unions should be […]

Texas GOP Chair Needs to Hear from You

Texas GOP Chair Needs to Hear from You

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Tom Mechler said he supports SB 1968, a bill which, if passed, would end the practice of labor union dues from being automatically withheld from the paychecks of government employees. While the bill does include an exception for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel—whose unions will […]

Florida’s Governor Did What?

Florida’s Governor Did What?

From the moment Florida Governor Rick Scott was elected, our friends in Florida have been fighting his efforts to privatize police jobs, cut pay and pensions, lay off cops, and privatize all the state’s prisons. Maybe all that stress has impacted his brain. Otherwise, there is no explaining his recent move to order one of […]

VIDEO: *Crickets*

VIDEO: *Crickets*

A lot people despise politicians, but rarely do any of them have the opportunity to tell those elected officials what they really think about them (except maybe at the polls). Not so for members of the International Association of Firefighters, who had guts to tell Texas Senator Ted Cruz what they really thought of his views on tax reform—and […]

Tactics: You decide

Get Them On Your Side

Get Them On Your Side

Great idea from the Dallas PD: Schedule coffee hours with cops and the community, then spread the word via social media. Wonderful opportunity for officers to get to know the people they serve. Even more importantly, it’s an opportunity for them to get to know you better. It’s a win-win. Good idea for your union […]

Unions Under Attack Nationwide

Unions Under Attack Nationwide

The bad news keeps coming for employee unions and associations whose mission is to fight for better pay, benefits, and work rules for their members. According to the Associated Press, Republican lawmakers in statehouses nationwide are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that directly shrink union membership. For example, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker […]

State Wants to Check Unions’ Books

State Wants to Check Unions’ Books

If a bill currently moving through the Nevada legislature passes, local government unions in the state would have to draft an annual report about their organization’s dues and expenditures. Many states already require police, teacher, and firefighter unions to prepare these reports. Members of the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee reviewed AB109 on Monday. It […]

By February 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
VIDEO: Police Association President Runs for Mayor

VIDEO: Police Association President Runs for Mayor

The outspoken president of the Memphis Police Association, Mike Williams, is running for Mayor, and surprisingly, the veteran police officer doesn’t list public safety as his campaign’s top issue. Instead, getting a fairer deal for the working taxpayer is his top priority. Williams has been a thorn in the side of Mayor A C Wharton, […]

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Intelligence report

Bill Could Be Costly for Texas PSUs

Bill Could Be Costly for Texas PSUs

A bill filed by Texas State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) could prove to be the financial death penalty for many public-sector labor unions across the state. According to breitbart.com, the bill—SB 1968—was filed at the very end of the bill filing period for this Legislative Session last Friday, and would end the practice of automatic […]

ALEC RTW Bills Gaining Momentum

ALEC RTW Bills Gaining Momentum

This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an anti-union right-to-work (RTW) bill into law. RTW laws require unions to provide the same representation and workplace services to all workers in a workplace but make contributing to the cost of that representation optional. They lead to smaller, weaker unions and lower worker wages and benefits. According […]

Bill Would Set Cops’ Ticket Quota at Zero

Bill Would Set Cops’ Ticket Quota at Zero

A bill advancing through the Arizona state Legislature would prohibit law enforcement agencies from establishing quotas for traffic citations or determining officers’ ranks or assignments based on the number of tickets issued. According to the Tucson Sentinel, that would be fine with Levi Bolton, executive director of the Arizona Police Association, an umbrella organization of […]

VIDEO: State Moves to Deny Rights to Cops Using Force

VIDEO: State Moves to Deny Rights to Cops Using Force

This viral video showing Lt. Mike Denton of Owasso Police Department in Oklahoma has led to a proposed bill that would force bad cops kicked off the force to stay off. Oklahoma Senator Brian Crain, (R) District 39, wrote SB 210 and is hoping to push it through Thursday; the last day Senate and House committees hear […]

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Body Armor for Divorce Wars

Body Armor for Divorce Wars

It’s no secret the percentage of cops who get divorced is high. If you are someone thinking about getting divorce or getting remarried, here’s some tips to protect yourself and your children going forward. On your pension, insurance, and other financial and investment documents you probably named your-soon-to-be ex as the beneficiary in the event […]

No Easy Cure for PTSD

No Easy Cure for PTSD

David J. Morris, a former Marine infantry officer, has suffered with PTSD for years. In a fascinating first-hand account of his experience, which appears on The New York Times‘s website, he writes eloquently about his negative experiences with one VA’s most popular treatments for PTSD, prolonged exposure therapy. After one month of treatment, Morris began […]

Keeping cops alive

Keeping cops alive

Sometimes an idea comes along that makes so much sense that everyone feels good about getting behind it. In this case it’s the Major Cities Chiefs Association and other groups making a common-sense plea to make the provision of body armor to police officers mandatory. And considering the fact that far more cops are killed […]

Still time to get the Nov-Dec issue of American Police Beat

Still time to get the Nov-Dec issue of American Police Beat

Subscribe to America’s favorite law enforcement magazine – American Police Beat in the next three days and receive the November-December 2014 issue. Just $12 for one year (12 issues), $20 for two years (24 issues), $26 for 3 years (36 issues). Three years is the best buy so go for it. Call 1-800-234-0056  ext 101 […]

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