Nearly 30 months ago the Local I-60 filed an un-fair labor practice (ULP) against Rural Metro for reducing wages of senior employees by ceasing longevity pay to those with more than 10 years of dedicated service to Arizona’s citizens — something the Union felt was in bad-faith and bad-taste, as well as a unilateral change in working conditions.
Thankfully the National Labor Relations Board agreed and shortly thereafter filed a complaint against Rural Metro for failure to bargain and for instituting a unilateral change to hours, wages and working conditions. A hearing was held before Judge Donna Dawson where Rural Metro was found guilty and ordered to back-pay all affected employees as well as continue to pay longevity until such time the Local I-60 and Rural Metro reach a new agreement or bargain to a lawful impasse.
Rather than abide by the law and the judge’s orders, Rural Metro appealed the decision to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., where once again the members of the Local I-60 prevailed and Rural Metro was once again ordered to back-pay all affected employees and continue to pay longevity until a new agreement was reached or the parties bargaining in good faith to impasse.
Still preferring to continue unilaterally reducing employee wages, Rural Metro again appealed the decisions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Unfortunately for the members of the Local I-60, the Company extorted a technicality loophole in the Federal Vacancy Reform Act (FVRA) to vacate the Local I-60’s wins and send the Local I-60 back to the beginning.
The Union is continuing to work with our General Counsel and the National Labor Relations Board to re-file the case and seek an expedited review and decision without having to hold additional trials and hearings. As the case is legally complex, and the cogs of justice turn slow, this process is a lengthy one. But rest assured, the Local I-60 has not abandoned the fight, and we have not backed down. We will continue to fight for the back-pay owed to so many of our members that were made to suffer at the hands for Rural Metro’s greed when their pay was unilaterally reduced in 2012 by up to $6,000 a year.
If you are impacted by Longevity Pay, please ensure that your contact information is up-to-date with the Union so that we may provide you with updates as the case develops and more information is made available.
Thank you for your service and dedication to the citizens of Arizona and for your continued support of the Local I-60.