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Police Sue to get Paid for Putting on Their Uniforms


Aired 4/19/09



Trial proceedings open today  for police who are suing the city of San Diego to get paid for the time it takes to “don” and “doff,” -  in other words, put on and take off  - their uniforms.


Bill Nemec, President of the San Diego Police Officers’ Association, says San Diego police are following the example of police in other cities.



Nemec : " National City is another example.. it was the same issue – it was the donning and doffing, the pre shift and post shift uncompensated time - anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour in preparations. "


Police in New York set a precedent in 2006 when they settled with the city over uncompensated time

“donning and doffing “ their uniforms.


Police in Oceanside have also reached a settlement on the issue.


But former San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre refused to settle with the San Diego police, so the matter is going to trial.




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