Judge issues temporary halt to Reno firefighter layoffs

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Updated: 6/24 11:35 pm
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."

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topgun - 6/25/2014 7:32 PM
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more union,s wanting more money they get paid too much as is

LASD1096 - 6/25/2014 4:28 PM
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That information that was printed about the drinking, etc was blown out of proportion. Have you ever heard of any of the Reno, Sparks, Washoe FD being or responding to calls drunk or drugged. Nope. Anything to make the RFD look bad so the layoffs go through. I want to know that my property ahs the full protection of these well trained, professional public employees. They need to be kept on the payroll, god forbid another Caughlin Ranch or similar occurs and the area is short by 32 firefighters. If your in doubt, go spend some time at a station, take them cookies, have them show your kids the fire trucks, just quite basinbg them when you dont know the truth.

sybersnot - 6/25/2014 7:25 AM
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These spoiled firefighters are out of control. They are causing irreparable harm to the residents when they come to work drunk and high on drugs. They should have to behave responsible just as the rest of us have to do. They are so spoiled they have it in their contracts to allow them to use illegal drugs and go to work stoned. Terminate them, break the contract and show some balls.
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