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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Public Employee Relations Board
A D.C. Superior Court judge has upheld an administrative board's ruling that puts the Metropolitan Police Department on the hook for millions of dollars in back pay and raises questions about the continued use of Chief Cathy L. Lanier's signature crime-fighting initiative.
In the last four years, the District of Columbia has lost between 60 percent and 70 percent of all cases decided by the city's employee relations board, according to a recent D.C. Council budget report.
The D.C. board that adjudicates public employee disputes has been accused of discriminating against whites and conservatives, but city officials also have questioned whether claims of prejudice are rooted in a labor union bias on the part of the board's members, according to the board's former executive director.
An independent investigator will review allegations that the board that adjudicates employment disputes in the District discriminated against whites, conservatives and pregnant women, according to Mayor Vincent C. Gray's office.
The executive director of the independent board that rules on labor complaints and resolves collective bargaining impasses between unions and the D.C. government is not a resident of the District, as required by law, but of Virginia.
After months of upheaval, the only thing impeding the president of a D.C. youth-corrections officers' union is a board member with a checkered past and an employee relations director who, despite city requirements, does not live in the District.
In a rare reversal, a D.C. employee-relations board has vacated an order by its executive director to designate someone other than an elected union chairperson as the head of a bargaining unit that represents some 200 youth-corrections officers.
D.C. labor-relations officials insist they have nothing to do with a perplexing intraunion dispute over who has the authority to lead a 200-member union for youth-corrections officers.
An unusual ethics complaint charges that the director of the District's office of labor relations is attempting to oust the leader of a youth-corrections officers' union from her position.
D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe unlawfully retaliated against the president of the city firefighters union by transferring him from his work assignment and seeking to manufacture a justification for the move, an arbitrator has ruled.
Takisha Brown had barely gotten her feet wet as elected chairwoman of the Fraternal Order of Police union representing 200 youth-corrections officers when she sensed trouble.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has spent more than six years in office trying to dig the city out of a fiscal mess his predecessors and the global economic crisis helped to create, and the city workers' unions have fought him nearly every step of the way.
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The union for Metropolitan Police Department has filed a complaint against Chief Cathy L. Lanier, stating that she violated labor laws and a collective-bargaining agreement in the staffing of her signature All Hands On Deck initiative.