Gainesville Police Officers Win Another Battle In Fight Over Holiday Pay
Gainesville police officers who claim they are owed thousands of dollars in holiday back wages won another battle last week, but they still haven't received any of the money from the city.
The Fraternal Order of Police say some of their officers have been prohibited from working on holidays, even if the holiday fell on their regularly scheduled day to work.
The city says as an employer, they have the right to decide when their employees work, but the union says that's against their contract.
Last fall, a federal arbitrator sided with the officers, and last week, Circuit Judge Robert Roundtree denied the city's request to overturn the arbitrator's decision.
"We expect the city to honor their contractual obligations, and in this case, they failed to do it on two occasions. We had binding arbitration in our contract, and it really violated the trust of the union, we feel, when the city ignored the arbitrator's decision," said Fraternal Order of Police President Jeff McAdams.
The city has until May 15th to either fight the judge's ruling in a district court of appeals, or work out a deal to pay the officer.
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