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City Loses Citywide Bumping Arbitration, Celeste Returns To Work!
By John Ohlson, President, Local 120
Local 120 Recording Secretary Celeste Suliin Burris has won her grievance arbitration, challenging the City's assertion that there are no city-wide bumping rights when employees are laid off.
Celeste was laid off in July 2006, as part of a massive staff cut requested by City management. She filed a grievance against the city because past practice has been to allow employees to bump across departmental lines in the event of a layoff, yet she was not allowed to bump when her position was eliminated. The Union presented various pieces of evidence supporting our claims, including written policies, memorandums, and city web pages that all acknowledged city-wide bumping rights for employees.
As a result of the win, Celeste will have her employment status at the city restored, will receive back pay, and will retain the right to bump the least senior employee in her classification.
Update: 9/24/07: The Tacoma Fire Department has created a new position for Celeste to work in, at her original pay & classification.
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