1. #1
    MembersZone Subscriber
    tyler101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Ashland, OH
    Posts
    471

    Post Delayed Cleveland Layoffs

    CLEVELAND -- The layoffs of hundreds of Cleveland police officers and firefighters have been postponed for a week by a judge.

    Police and firefighter unions persuaded common pleas Judge Richard McMonagle to put the layoffs on hold for one week while a federal mediator sorts things out.

    They will still get layoff notices when they come to work starting late night Thursday, but they're supposed to keep coming to work for one more week.

    "These are mediations to try and get to a bottom line for both sides and hopefully we can get there," said police union president Bob Beck. "But as far as if there will be layoffs at the end, I can't tell you."

    The unions argued layoffs would be too dangerous.

    The fire department had begun moving fire equipment to different locations to better match manpower after layoffs. Union leaders met with Mayor Jane Campbell.

    "The message from the mayor is the city's in dire straits and she's hoping we would be able to work with her," said firefighters union president Bob Fisher.

    The city says layoffs are a necessity.

    "The reality is that the city is facing this deficit and the city has to address it," said city law director Subodh Chandra. "So what's helpful about what the court did today is offer its assistance in bringing a mediator to help the parties have a discussion that we hope will be more fruitful than the discussion we've had in the past."

    Officers aren't talking publicly about the news, but they say there's hope in the judge's announcement.

    A mediator will begin working with the city and the unions Friday morning, but the city says the final layoff date is still December 22.

    There are new questions about city spending priorities. The mayor's personal trainer, James Bruner, got a job in the water department that pays $18 an hour, despite Bruner being a convicted felon.

    The city has 56 more employees than it did before a hiring freeze started and seven city councilmen are going on a trip to a conference in Memphis, Tennessee that will cost $12,000.

    Paramedics were not part of the lawsuit, but the city is also putting those layoffs on hold.

    The layoff notices for city workers who are not members of safety forces will still be passed out and take affect on Friday.

    About 500 firefighters packed the training academy Thursday night for a meeting initially called to talk about city proposed concessions, such as cutting overtime and uniform allowances along with other cuts to save 70 jobs.

    But the meeting instead turned into another week of wait and see.

    David Barrett has been a Cleveland firefighter for three years and is expecting a pink slip on Friday. But he's hopeful that he'll get to keep his job now that a mediator is involved.

    "Something that people don't understand, this job is not just a job. It's in our blood," said Barrett.

    The nonprofit group Cops and Kids has set up an account at the Cleveland Police Credit Union to help pay for medical expenses for the pregnant wives and ill children of laid-off Cleveland police officers.

    Those interested can send a tax-deductable contribution to

    Cleveland Police Credit Union
    c/o Cops and Kids
    2301 Payne Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44114

    They can also call 216-287-5007.

  2. #2
    MembersZone Subscriber
    tyler101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Ashland, OH
    Posts
    471

    Post Just a Sidenote

    CLEVELAND -- Police and firefighter union leaders are openly talking about the possibility of trying to recall Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell.

    The firefighters union is researching what it would take. They'd need 21,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot. That's 20 percent of those who voted in the last mayor's race.

  3. #3
    Forum Member
    DeputyChiefGonzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    Somewhere between genius and insanity!
    Posts
    13,586

    Default

    There are new questions about city spending priorities. The mayor's personal trainer, James Bruner, got a job in the water department that pays $18 an hour, despite Bruner being a convicted felon.

    The city has 56 more employees than it did before a hiring freeze started and seven city councilmen are going on a trip to a conference in Memphis, Tennessee that will cost $12,000.
    Makes one wonder who the 56 are...may I venture a guess?

    Relatives and friends of the Mayor and City Council... good jobs at good wages for them and more than likely "protected". I think the 7 councilors can come up with $1,1714.29 apiece to go to this "conference"..they can claim it on their taxes as a "business expense".

    L13 wife... tell Dan and his Brothers to hang in there!
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

  4. #4
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    464

    Default

    Saw an article in the Plain Dealer today regarding the higher incidence of Cleveland firefighters calling in sick on Fridays and holidays. There was no mention of why, or how, this came to light at this time. Wouldn't that be interesting to know? Anyone else see it?
    Don't you just love politics?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register