(2020-12-23) Your union was recently informed that it won another arbitration case. This case was filed on behalf of Driver Darriun McAdory, Engine 41.
Driver McAdory was suspended for 12 hours for an auto accident that occurred in June 2019. Engine 41 was struck by a civilian vehicle while enroute to a call.
A hearing was held in July 2019 on Driver McAdory and he was charged with several alleged rules violations and was suspended for 12 hours by B/C Aaron Ford. After seeing no relief through the grievance process, the case was turned over to Local 1784 General Counsel for review and an opinion on whether to proceed to arbitration. The General Counsel opined to move forward to arbitration and the board voted to approve that opinion.
A virtual arbitration hearing was held on October 7, 2020. A third-party, neutral arbitrator heard evidence and arguments from both the Union attorney and City attorney. The arbitrator ruled on December 8th that the city did not meet its burden of proof that the discipline issued was warranted in this particular case. The arbitrator ordered the city to rescind the suspension and restore any lost wages over the 12 hour suspension and was further ordered, as agreed upon in the MOU, to pay arbitrator fees related to the case.
“I’ve been a member of Local 1784 for a little over 24 years now and I appreciate the work our union does on our behalf each and every day,” says Darriun McAdory. “I’m glad to get this case behind me and appreciate the work John Canale, our union attorney, put into this case. His tenacity and dedication to our members is certainly noticeable. The officers and board members of our union do great work that many don’t see and I’m proud to call myself a member of our union.”
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