Jamestown Public Works Union Wins Legal Battle Over Contract Dispute

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The City of Jamestown’s Department of Public Works union has won a legal battle over a contract dispute.

As first reported by WRFA Radio, a Chautauqua County Supreme Court Judge sided with AFSCME New York Council 66, Local 418, which filed three grievances with Arbitrator Douglas Bantle.

At the time, the arbitrator ruled the city failed to set a proper meeting to discusses the union’s contract. The arbitrator ultimately ruled the city must provide back pay for the three grievances.

The court judge ruled that the municipality must uphold the ruling set by the and ordered the City of Jamestown to comply. As part of the ruling, officials must also follow seniority rights when considering equipment assignments.


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