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Suburban lawmakers end ban on moonlighting Grand Rapids firefighters

Oct 17, 2014 (08:51:33)

A clause in a union contract with Grand Rapids city firefighters appears to be outlawed by a bill Gov. Rick Snyder signed this week. Read more:

Ebola Scare Draws Firefighters To O’Hare

Oct 08, 2014 (15:42:08)

(CBS) – United Flight 1543 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport landed at O’Hare Monday afternoon amid reports of a person feeling ill, but an official said there was no basis for fears that the passenger may have contracted the Ebola virus. Read more:

Detroit firefighters to train as medical 1st responders

Oct 06, 2014 (14:18:46)

Detroit's firefighters will be trained as medical first responders — a move aimed at decreasing response times and helping the city's EMS unit, officials said. Read more:

$45 million back paycheck in the mail to Chicago firefighters

Oct 06, 2014 (14:17:45)

Retroactive paychecks with a $45 million pricetag for Chicago taxpayers were mailed Friday to 4,645 firefighters and paramedics—12 days earlier than required under their newly-ratified contract. Read more:

The Week in Public Finance: Stockton, the Deficit Shuffle and Those Crazy State Revenues

Oct 06, 2014 (14:16:34)

Stockton, Calif.’s bankruptcy judge yet again delayed making a decision on the city’s exit plan but he did issue a monumental judgement this week regarding the state’s behemoth pension system, better known as CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System). Read more:

Detroit considering use of drones for firefighting, emergency response

Oct 06, 2014 (14:15:37)

DETROIT, MI -- The Detroit Fire Department, which recently revealed its archaic alert system involving a printer knocking over pop cans filled with coins, may soon be flying sophisticated drones over fires and emergency scenes. Read more:

Detroit Reaches Contract Deal With Firefighters; Wage Increase Includes $2,900 Bonus

Oct 06, 2014 (14:14:11)

Detroit has reached a tentative agreement with the Detroit Fire Fighters Association that includes a 15 percent pay raise over five years and training to improve medical care at the scenes of emergencies. Read more:

Union Twp. firefighters billed for 2011 ‘overpayments’

Oct 06, 2014 (14:13:36)

Unwelcome certified letters have been arriving at the homes of current and former Union Township firefighters. Read more:

Chicago pension crisis balloons, underscoring calls for reform

Oct 02, 2014 (20:21:57)

Chicago’s unfunded pension obligations have ballooned to $37.3 billion — a more than three-fold increase since 2003 — because of inadequate employer contributions, declining investment income and a shrinking base of active employees, a taxpayers’ watchdog group has concluded. Read more:

Judge rules Stockton can sever CalPERS pensions; Wall Street approves

Oct 02, 2014 (20:21:07)

A bankruptcy judge handed CalPERS and organized labor a decision they’ve long feared Wednesday, declaring the city of Stockton has the right to reduce pension payments and even sever ties with the powerful pension fund. Read more:

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