DC fire fighters won a significant victory last week when the DC Court of Appeals ruled in their favor in a long-running dispute over overtime. The Court affirmed Local 36's position that DC fire fighters should receive overtime after 42 hours of work in a week, as negotiated in their contract...
The Financial Control Board temporarily changed that to 53 hours to help reduce the city’s deficit and the DC Fire Department tried to make it a permanent change, but the court rejected their argument. Local 36 commended the Appeals Court “for issuing a decision that firmly supports the collective bargaining process” and Local 36 president Ed Smith added that “I am proud of the members of this local for waiting patiently for this issue to work its way through the courts and for continuing to serve the citizens of the District of Columbia while their collectively bargained rights were being ignored.”
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