State rules in firefighters favor

first_imgA state employment relations examiner ruled that the city of Vancouver violated state law by refusing to maintain grievance procedures with the Vancouver Firefighters Union.The ruling is the second having to do with a series of 40 to 50 grievances filed by the firefighters union all related to the same topic, and brings the issue to a close.Both union and city leaders said both rulings were inconsequential and just part of the labor process.Vancouver will not appeal either decision.In a ruling released May 14, state Public Employment Relations Commissioner Jessica Bradley found that Vancouver violated state laws when it denied a series of 40 to 50 grievances filed by the union, claiming it was not obligated to do so because the union’s contract had expired.The union filed a complaint with the state, and Bradley ruled that, just like pay and benefits, grievance procedures also remain valid when a contract has expired.There is no financial consequence to the city; but the decision must be read aloud at a city council meeting and posted in City Hall.last_img

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