City Holds Fire Union Grievance Hearing

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The local firefighters union has filed a grievance with the City of Sheridan over wage increases.
The local firefighters union has filed a grievance with the City of Sheridan over wage increases.

After a brief executive session Monday night, the Sheridan City Council held a hearing in regard to a grievance filed by the Local International Association of Firefighters Union. The grievance was filed because 6 firefighters with Sheridan Fire Rescue did not receive their 5% wage increase that's based upon their annual performance evaluations. City of Sheridan Human Resources Director Heather Doke explains why she denied the step up increases.

Union President George Neeson said during the hearing that it is indeed part of the contract that was negotiated last spring, and that “it's all about the process, and not about the money”. He added that any wage freezes are a change in firefighters salary, and those changes need to be brought to the negotiating table between the union and the City.

Both Sheridan Fire Rescue Chief Patrick Reitz and Doke denied the raises, which is why the matter is now before the City Council. There is a special meeting scheduled for noon this Thursday in Council Chambers where a decision is most likely to be made. The City has 5 days to render a decision in writing to the firefighters union. If the City doesn't approve the 5% wage increases, the firefighters union may elect to sue the City.

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