RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Washoe District Judge Lidia Stiglich has issued a preliminary injunction to stop the layoff of 32 Reno Firefighters.
To be clear, it is not a final decision, rather an effort "to preserve the status quo" until a decision is reached. The Judge wrote because the labor dispute is being heard before the Nevada Employee-Management Relations Board, it is not clear how it will end.
The judge wrote if the dispute does end in the favor of the firefighters union, the firefighters will "suffer irreparable harm" because simply paying back pay owed to the then firefighters would not be full compensation because of emotional damages, stress and loss of health care.
The judge also ordered the Fire Fighter's Union to post a $10,000 bond. That $10,000 bond money would got to the city to repay the cost of the firefighter's salaries if the union loses the case.
In a press release, the City of Reno issued the following statement on Tuesday:
"While we respect the judge's decision, we are disappointed that we will be forced to continue to use the City's limited financial resources on legal services relating to this matter, instead of using those resources to provide services to the community," City Manager Andrew Clinger says. "We will now focus our efforts on discussing our legal, operational, and financial options with City Council."