Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Firefighters Union

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Fire Chief Terry Lenhart (Photo by Ron Richter)
Fire Chief Terry Lenhart (Photo by Ron Richter)

The Wyoming Supreme Court this week ruled in favor of Sheridan Firefighters Local Number 276 in regard to their lawsuit against the City of Sheridan for breach of their collective bargaining agreement.

In 2010, the Sheridan City Council voted to freeze the salaries of all City employees. In September of that year, City Human Resources Director Heather Doke and former Fire Chief Patrick Reitz issued a memorandum to the Fire Department informing them that due to budget issues, the City would be suspending the step increases in salary for five firefighters who qualified for the 5 percent pay raises that were part of the collective bargaining agreement for fiscal year 2010-2011. Last March, Fourth Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn ruled in favor of the City in a summary of judgment hearing.

Now that the Supreme Court has reversed that decision and ruled in favor of the Firefighters Union, where does that leave the City? Fire Chief Terry Lenhart explains.

Sheridan Fire-Rescue Firefighter and Local 276 Union President George Neeson.

Neeson added that while happy with the Court's decision, its unfortunate that they had to go through this long of a process to reach a conclusion.

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