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CPS hiring preference not the only thing irking firefighters

Aug 22, 2014 (07:58:12)

A controversial hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates is not the only thing that has angered union leaders about the December firefighters entrance exam that will be the city’s first in nearly a decade. Read more:

Firefighters frustrated with Middletown administration over deal to save jobs

Aug 22, 2014 (07:57:31)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A tentative agreement to save firefighter jobs in Middletown faces more scrutiny. Read more:

City, union avoid firefighter layoffs

Aug 21, 2014 (08:33:41)

MIDDLETOWN — The proposed layoff of 11 Middletown firefighters, which was scheduled to begin Aug. 30, was averted after the city and the firefighters union came to a tentative agreement, City Manager Doug Adkins announced Tuesday night. Read more:

Lewis: Rahm’s CPS preference plan in firefighter hiring a ‘stunt’

Aug 20, 2014 (08:50:16)

The City of Chicago is gearing up to enforce its Chicago Public Schools preference policy, which would give CPS graduates preferential standing among other firefighter applicants, providing an unfair advantage above students enrolled in private or religious schools. While Mayor Rahm Emanuel apparently seeks to encourage more opportunity for CPS high school graduates to serve in the Chicago Fire Department, it seems like a shortsighted approach to creating educational stability and opportunities for Chicago’s youth. Read more:

Chicago firefighters fight hiring preference for CPS grads

Aug 14, 2014 (13:15:33)

A group of Chicago firefighters has hired a lawyer in anticipation of a possible legal challenge to a city hiring policy that will give graduates of Chicago public high schools an advantage in an upcoming Fire Department exam. Read more:

Middletown firefighter layoffs postponed

Aug 14, 2014 (13:14:38)

MIDDLETOWN — The proposed layoff of 11 Middletown firefighters, which was scheduled to begin Saturday, has been extended until Aug. 30, according to the union’s spokesman. Read more:

The Debate We’re Not Having over Fiscal Disparities

Aug 14, 2014 (13:13:56)

It is an article of faith in public finance that the best formula for providing efficient public services is to decentralize to the lowest level of government possible. State and local governments have greater incentives to economize and improve productivity because they are, in effect, in competition with one another for taxpayers and businesses. Read more:

Coaxing Fire and Police Staffs in Arizona to Cut Own Pensions

Aug 12, 2014 (17:46:45)

PHOENIX — Bryan Jeffries, the chief of Arizona’s firefighters’ association, has been arguing to anyone who will listen that his members — and the state’s police officers, too — should volunteer to cut their own pension benefits. Read more:

Report Examines Income Gaps Across Metro Areas

Aug 12, 2014 (17:45:44)

A report published this morning by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) examines the issue at the metro area level, highlighting a wide wage disparity across many regions. The analysis, conducted by IHS Global Insight, projects further income inequality in the coming years, calling it a “structural feature of the 21st century economy.” Read more:

Downers Grove inks three-year deal with firefighters

Aug 09, 2014 (12:47:18)

Downers Grove's firefighters are set to receive salary bumps in each of the next three years, according to the terms of a new contract. Read more:

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