BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. — A village fire department has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the community, following an August vote by officials to eliminate the jobs of all full-time firefighters.
The Bellows Falls Fire Department complaint was filed Thursday with the Vermont Department of Labor. Officials wouldn’t confirm if it was in response to the vote that eliminated the firefighter positions. The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/2wnbtlB ) staffing cuts won’t take effect until December due to a 120 day notice required by the firefighters’ contracts.
The complaint says the vote was done without opportunity to bargain or discuss with the firefighter’s union.
Municipal Manager Shane O’Keefe says the village received the document and is reviewing it. Deputy Fire Chief Steve Cenate says he can’t comment on the issue at this time.