Tag Archives: scope of bargaining

NY Appeals Court Upholds Staffing as Bargainable for Firefighters

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has ruled that minimum staffing is a bargainable subject that relates to the safety of firefighting personnel, not an illegal job-security clause. The case involves an effort by the City of Ogdensburg to block the grievance arbitration of the city’s unilateral reduction in shift staffing for the Ogdensburg FD.

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Syracuse Firefighters Prevail Over Right to Bargain Discipline

Syracuse Firefighters, IAFF Local 280, won an important victory last week in terms of maintaining their right to bargain over disciplinary matters. The city took the position that under recent case law, disciplinary matters were exempted from bargaining under the state’s Second Class Cities Law.

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Washington Appeals Court Rules Staffing Is Bargainable Subject

The Washington Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling by the Public Employment Relations Commission that staffing is a mandatory subject for bargaining when it has “a demonstratedly direct relationship” to firefighter workload and safety. The case involved an interest arbitration between IAFF Local 46 and the City of Everett.

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