COVINGTON, Ky. - The Covington Fire Department was ordered to restore its staffing to previously agreed levels by the Kentucky State Labor Relations Board on Monday.
In October 2011, the Covington Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 38 filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet after the city reduced firefighter positions from 30 to 27.
A Kentucky Attorney General Hearing officer found the city did not commit unfair labor practice. That decision was appealed and sent to the State Labor Relations Board.
The board said the city did not have the authority to change the staffing agreement with Local 38.
“The legal question we sought to answer since September 26, 2011, the day the city began violating our collective bargaining agreement, was whether the city can break an agreement and force its will unilaterally. The Labor Board answered that for us today," stated Local 38 president Greg Salmons.
On Monday, Sept. 9 the final order was issued for the city to restore staffing.