Loading…
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Thursday, 7/24/2008

2 Michigan firefighter unions lose in court

ASSOCIATED PRESS

LANSING - The Michigan Supreme Court yesterday ruled against two firefighter unions seeking to prevent layoffs in Pontiac and Detroit.

The court ruled 4-3 that an Oakland County judge was wrong to grant an injunction in 2006, stopping Pontiac's plan to lay off 28 of 117 firefighters until their union's unfair labor practice case against the city was resolved.

The Pontiac Fire Fighters Union Local 376 had argued the layoffs would affect the safety of the community and other firefighters by causing delays in response times.

Four justices disagreed, saying Pontiac said the same number of firefighters would be at fire scenes and that the city would add resources to make sure the fire department wasn't burdened with medical runs at the expense of fighting fires.

The firefighters showed no "irreparable harm," Justice Robert Young, Jr., wrote.

He was joined by Chief Justice Clifford Taylor, Maura Corrigan, and Stephen Markman.

The court also ruled 6-1 against Detroit firefighters, saying a Wayne County judge wrongly issued an injunction without resolving the issue of firefighters' safety.

The Detroit Fire Fighters Association sued in 2005 after the city announced layoff plans, including one to lay off 65 firefighters, demote 10 battalion chiefs, and reduce the number of battalions from eight to five.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to a trial judge to figure out the effect of layoffs on safety.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.