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Battalion Chief Organizing - ALJ Findings of Fact & Order
Updated On: Oct 16, 2014
Medford Fire Battalion Chief's are eligible to organize under IAFF Local 1431 Medford Fire Fighters Association. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) overwhelmingly found in the Battalion Chief/Local's favor. All of the City's objections were overruled. The ALJ found the City inappropriately changed the job descriptions and attempted to circumvent Senate Bill 1518 clarifying supervisory language in Oregon law. Further, the City's actions were found to be "illusionary" and an attempt to refrain the BC's from organizing. This is a solid ruling by the ALJ that impacts all the non-supervisory Firefighters in the state of Oregon. The ruling and a brief describing the ruling will be posted soon. The City has an option to appeal these findings which they have 14-days to notify the Employment Relations Board.