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    On a serious note. Has anyone heard from the floor about what is going on. Anyone have any insight close to the department?

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    COA released an RFP recently for a company to design and implement a hiring process for AFD. So it looks like they're gearing up for 2015 in the hopes that the union's appeal doesn't go anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaaaaah View Post
    COA released an RFP recently for a company to design and implement a hiring process for AFD. So it looks like they're gearing up for 2015 in the hopes that the union's appeal doesn't go anywhere.
    Way to waste millions of your taxpayer's money, Austin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaaaaah View Post
    COA released an RFP recently for a company to design and implement a hiring process for AFD. So it looks like they're gearing up for 2015 in the hopes that the union's appeal doesn't go anywhere.
    Sounds like good news to me.If they are talking about the hiring process for 2015 must mean that they have made up some kind of decision about the 2012 and 2013 process. May be we will hear something soon.

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    I've been saving my money to prepare for a hopefully near future move to Austin.

    Anybody have any insight into how long until we hear anything at all?

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    Your talking about the Feds

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    Talked to a few friends in the know and apparently the union is trying to drag the process out until the new city council is elected. A majority of the candidates with a fighting chance at a seat have stated they would've voted in favor of the union instead of for the decree. They're hoping they can force another vote on it if nothing else can be resolved. Can't blame them - if the city ends up winning on this it's a HUGE blow to the bargaining powers of any public servant union in the city, let alone the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaaaaah View Post
    Talked to a few friends in the know and apparently the union is trying to drag the process out until the new city council is elected. A majority of the candidates with a fighting chance at a seat have stated they would've voted in favor of the union instead of for the decree. They're hoping they can force another vote on it if nothing else can be resolved. Can't blame them - if the city ends up winning on this it's a HUGE blow to the bargaining powers of any public servant union in the city, let alone the state.
    Judge Yeakel of the US District Court of the Western District of Texas will decide soon (before 10/29) whether the union has a right to intervene in the case of City of Austin v. United States of America pertaining to the ratification of the consent decree. If he says no, which from reading the court documents accessible by the Public Access to Court Electronic Records appears likely, then the court will hear any objections to the decree at the Fairness Hearing scheduled for 10/29. Such hearings are mostly formalities that have no bearing on the passage of the major substance of decrees, therefore it would be passed soon thereafter. At that time, the AFD would be authorized to resume the 2013 process.

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    Did anyone else get a letter from Austin regarding objection to the consent decree? I received several doccuments today via snail mail that outline the circumstances of the consent decree and was provided a form to submit a written objection to it.

    I will be submitting an objection. $780k to some turds that couldn't score high enough? I don't think so.

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    It's unfortunate that prevailing in opposition to the consent decree is just wildly impractical, since the only way for a timely resumption to hiring is its passage. It's rigged.

    They have my old address and I hadn't set up forwarding.

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    Attention all participants from the 2013 hiring process and African American/Hispanic participants from the 2012 hiring process:

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Austin have filed a proposed consent decree in federal court that resolves all of the outstanding legal claims concerning hiring at the Fire Department from 2012 until now, and also into the future. The proposed consent decree is publicly available on the City of Austin, Texas website at http://austintexas.gov/sites/default...cree060914.pdf and on the Department of Justice website at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/emp/documents/afd.pdf Copies of the decree may also be obtained between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Office of the City Clerk, City of Austin, 301 West 2nd Street, Austin, Texas.

    Within the next few weeks you should receive notification of the fairness hearing concerning the decree that will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom No. 7 at the United States District Courthouse, 501 W. 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. You have the right to attend this Fairness Hearing. The notification that is being sent to you will provide the details regarding how you can formally participate.

    A third party Claims Administrator has also established the Austin Fire Department Settlement Administration Hotline at 1-844-322-8237 for persons who believe they qualify as a party to the lawsuit but did not receive notification.

    As always, the AFD Recruiting staff is available to answer questions that are not related to the consent decree process; those should be directed to the third-party claims administrator listed in the notification correspondence.


    http://austintexas.gov/department/current-applicants

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