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Published: Thursday, 5/12/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Command officers group appeals state ruling that sided with city of Toledo

BLADE STAFF

The Toledo Police Command Officers Association has appealed the April 28 decision of the State Employment Relations Board that sided with the city, which forced financial concessions on its unions early last year.

The appeal was filed Wednesday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. The two-page complaint stated that the SERB decision was "not supported by reliable, probative, or substantial evidence” and that it was “not in accordance with existing law."

The case has been assigned to Judge Linda Jennings.

In a 2-1 decision released last month, SERB ruled on a complaint filed by the union, which alleged unfair labor practice when the city forced financial concessions on members while trying to reduce a $48 million budget deficit.

In a brief statement e-mailed to the city, the board indicated it issued an opinion finding that “the [city] did not violate Ohio Revised Code … when it unilaterally increased the health-care premiums for members of the Toledo Police Command Officers’ Association and rescinded [the city’s] 10 percent payment into the Toledo Police Command Officers Association’s pension fund.”

A full opinion and order was attached to the union’s appeal.



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