Posts tagged police

    The Tangled Tale of Miami’s Untouchable Police Union Boss

    September 29, 2022 // Ortiz had been with MPD since 2004. Over the course of his career, he received more than 50 citizen complaints, had 20 use of force incidents, and was suspended with pay three times, all the while ascending through the ranks to become an influential police captain. Claims of abuse of power, corruption and prejudice followed the longtime police union leader for years and made him a household name in the Miami area, perhaps more so than any other MPD officer. His career survived multiple internal affairs investigations, which tended to dawdle past their completion deadlines and often yielded no disciplinary action.

    Deputy police chiefs allege pattern of corruption in Wichita City Hall, police union

    September 29, 2022 // The three police executives, deputy chiefs Jose Salcido and Chet Pinkston and retired Deputy Chief Wanda Givens, on Monday presented the department with a demand letter alleging a pattern of misconduct, collusion and cover-up involving City Manager Robert Layton, city Human Resources Director Chris Bezruki and the Fraternal Order of Police. The letter alleges that Bezruki in particular had a cozy relationship with the union, receiving gifts and expensive meals in exchange for favorable treatment of the union in contract negotiations and when union members were brought up on disciplinary complaints.


    May 27, 2022 // Analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute shows the language of the amendment would allow abuses of unionization and collective bargaining rights to nullify more than 350 existing state statutes. The amendment creates new threats for a wide variety of sectors, including policing, child care services and education. The impact of Amendment 1 would likely be felt by virtually all Illinoisans – including children.

    Labor organizers and anti-union activists square off again on membership, dues issues

    March 18, 2022 // “It codifies the process by which an employee may exercise this right and safeguards that person’s ability to exercise it at any time,” Vernuccio said. “It does this by having the public employees tell their employers directly that they wish to have money taken from their paycheck, instead of employers taking the union’s word for it.”

    Baker City California: City negotiating contracts with 2 of 3 unions

    February 20, 2022 // Baker City Manager Jonathan Cannon said negotiations are ongoing with two of the three labor unions representing city employees. Separate unions represent police, fire and public works employees, and the city has contracts with each.