Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Arbitrator Upholds Fire Department Staffing Requirement

          Arbitrator Dennis Maloney issued a supplemental award requiring the City of Springfield , Ill. to restore its 49 employee minimum staffing rather than the 46 employee plan implemented by the Fire Department. Arbitrator Maloney noted that the contract allowed for a reduction of the minimum staffing in the event of layoffs required by lack of funds. However, since the City agreed that layoffs would be avoided during the "difficult financial times", the minimum staffing promise prevailed and the Union's grievance was sustained.

          The Springfield State Journal-Register has an article describing the case, with a link to the award, here

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