Labor Board: Covington firefighter cuts violated union contract

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The City of Covington will soon have more firefighters after a ruling Monday by the Kentucky State Labor Relations Board.

Staffing for the Covington Professional Firefighters I.A.F.F. Local 38 will be restored from 27 firefighters to 30 following two years of legal battles.

Covington reduced the daily staffing in 2011, and Local 38 filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet as a result, claiming the city was violating a contract between the two parties.

An initial ruling found the city had not committed an unfair labor practice. Local 38 appealed the decision to Kentucky's Labor Relations Board who has final say over the dispute.

The board ultimately ruled in favor of Local 38, stating Covington did not have authority to change the terms of the staffing agreement.

"Those concessions were done in the spirit of working with the city during difficult economic times," Local 38 President Greg Salmons said in a statement. "We will continue to work diligently with the city and fire administration to develop a sustainable fire protection model for the citizens of Covington."

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.