Forest Service firefighter testifies about assault, retribution and pervasive bias
A Forest Service firefighter from California’s Eldorado National Forest blew another whistle Thursday on sexual harassment and gender bias inside federal public lands agencies.
Reinforcing claims previously made by many others over many years, Fire Prevention Technician Denice Rice told a House panel of repeated problems facing women, who remain greatly outnumbered by men in the Forest Service.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: McClatchy Washington Bureau
New Ohio fire chief committed to fighting opioid epidemic
When he likely retires in 4½ years, Clarence Tucker will remember Dec. 1, 2016, for two reasons:
It was his birthday; he turned 55.
And he got to spend it with his family inside Akron Fire Station No. 7 as Mayor Dan Horrigan swore in the 28-year firefighter as the 19th Fire Chief and only the second African-American to lead the fire department in its 180-year history.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal
California state high court to review curbs on public pension ‘spikings’
The California Supreme Court jumped into a high-stakes dispute over public employee pensions Tuesday, agreeing to decide whether laws aimed at limiting preretirement actions to inflate future benefits can be applied to millions of government workers.
A state appeals court in San Francisco ruled in a Marin County case in August that the new laws could be applied to current employees — a potentially major setback for the workers and their unions, and a victory for local governments facing mounting deficits in their pension plans.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFGate.com