A firefighters’ union in Maryland is suing a mayor and city council claiming they are illegally refusing to hold a referendum vote on a city charter change that would allow for binding arbitration.
Hagerstown Firefighters IAFF Local 1605 joined by Hagerstown police officers represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council (AFSCME) Local 3373, have filed suit to forced the Mayor and City Council of Hagerstown to schedule a referendum vote on a city charter amendment that would grant binding arbitration to firefighters and police.
According to WHAG news, the suit accuses Mayor David Gysberts and the City Council of ignoring a 12,000 voter petition to hold the referendum. The unions seek a court order mandating that the issue be sent to the voters.
The firefighters and the city have in the past discussed binding arbitration but have been unable to reach and agreement.