City, Firefighters Union Begin Negotiations

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Local Firefighters Union President George Neeson
Local Firefighters Union President George Neeson

A supreme court decision has affected the negotiating method between a local union and the City of Sheridan. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.

A Wyoming Supreme Court ruling changes the way municipalities negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with their local firefighters union. The Court's decision stipulates that negotiations with the union must be conducted with a quorum of the City Council present, and the Mayor as lead negotiator for the city.

Monday night, the City of Sheridan and the local firefighters union opened negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement by agreeing to have proposals for ground rules submitted to each other by 5 o'clock Wednesday. Councilman Alex Lee.

President of the Local #276 Firefighters Union George Neeson wasn't exactly pleased with the way negotiations started out at the council meeting.

Neeson added that there's a deadline to have a contract worked out between the City and the union.

The next round of negotiations are slated for Monday, May 5th.

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