Unions win against City in mandatory furloughs, City must repay

The Union's won their case in keeping the City of Toledo from making employees take days off. City must back pay the 240 workers who were not allowed to work the day before Thanksgiving.
An arbitrator ruled Monday that Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner’s attempt to shut down the city’s nonessential services for three days to save money violated union contracts.


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Imagine that, the mayor doesn't know how to read a union contract. He violates it, then the city is dragged into arbitration which we lose. Now we have to pay back the union members, and pay for the law fees. Another reason to go to www.takebacktoledo.com
Here's to the crazy ones, the rebels, the troublemakers, the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Now Fred there you go again being "negative" with regards to the things that the mayor does not know how to do. Let's be positive and focus on the things that the mayor does well. After all, he is a "changed man" since his heart condition.

For starters, the mayor is good at embarassing Toledo at the national level, he's good at screaming and ranting like a stark raging, maniacal tyrant and accusing others of wrongs that he himself has commited and continues to do.

Just because the mayor is paranoid does not mean that people are not after him which I think is as it should be.

your 3/4% at work

Carty apparently hoped the union leadership would go along with him. Instead, they took it to arbitration (probably costing their union money), and the arbitrator agreed with them. The only way to get around this is to privatize the work. I think the citizens of Toledo are beginning to see this, and once we have a Republican mayor we can proceed to privatize the work. Otherwise, this will continue whether we have Carty or not since a contract is involved. I doubt any Democratic mayor would privatize work since it would affect union members. Only a Republican mayor would do what has to be done to get rid of the stranglehold of a union contract.

Old South End Broadway

The budget is still screwed up and a bunch of city workers got another paid day off. Carty is now saying he'll have to lay off an additional 45 workers. I see harm and Carty smells foul.

...solve the initial problem which is a costly workforce with costly benefits. All these people will retire eventually. The only way to get out from under that obligation is to privatize as much of the work as possible, and let private employers contract the work and pay their employees as they will.

Old South End Broadway

RIght; the additional 45 workers are the punishment for not going along with mayor's solution. He'll show those city workers!

Lock out the unions until they starve for about a year.


It worked for the Toledo Blab and nobody said a word to help those unions.


"Despite sacrifices in wages and health care costs for the Guild and other unions, "some very important things - jurisdiction, grievance and arbitration, severance, union security and sick pay, to name a few - are still intact," TNG-CWA Representative Jay Schmitz said"


Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

Aren't we hearing the same kind problem in the auto industry? Great contracts that gave away the store in good times only to find out that it is now time to pay the Piper for the dance. I certainly do not begrudge any city worker who can get an employer to pay 80% of their medical benefits. Unfortunately, like the auto workers, our city workers may find their jobs will no longer exist after the city goes broke. When GM and Chrysler go out of business, new and more economical ways will be found to make their business profitable and the same holds true for the way Toledo does business after it goes broke. So even in the darkest of times there is hope.


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