Unions file for restraining order blocking city layoffs - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Unions file for restraining order blocking city layoffs

"We don't even know who the essential and non-essential people are," says Don Czerniak, president of AFSCME Local 7. "We don't even know who the essential and non-essential people are," says Don Czerniak, president of AFSCME Local 7.

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - It's a legal showdown over furloughs.

Last week, Mayor Finkbeiner proposed a 3-day layoff of city workers before the end of the year as one piece to balance Toledo's budget. But the city is being challenged in court.

That legal challenge was filed Wednesday, November 19 by AFSCME Local 7, Local 2058, as well as Teamsters Local 20. The first day of the three temporary layoffs for non-essential city workers is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 26. Unions are hoping to prevent that. They claim the administration did not follow the proper procedures in violation of their contracts.

A 200-page document is being reviewed by Judge Gene Zmuda. While there is currently no resolution to this dispute, union leaders believe they have a legitimate agrument.

"There's a bumping procedure. You go by seniority rights. There's bumping procedures, and we haven't been given that right. We don't even know who the essential and non-essential people are, and if you recall last year's mayor conference in the snow storm, every employee was essential," says Don Czerniak, president of AFSCME Local 7.

Judge Zmuda has continued this case until Friday afternoon at the mutual request by both the city and the unions. The purpose is to give both sides more time to try and resolve this issue out of court.

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