Lakeland Cited For Unfair Labor Practices In Retaliation Against Fire Department Employees

LAKELAND —  The city has been cited for unfair labor practices for retaliating against three Lakeland Fire Department employees.

The state’s Public Employees Relations Commission found the fire department’s leadership, including Fire Chef Doug Riley, unfairly retaliated against Shannon Turbeville, president of Lakeland Professional Firefighters Local 4173, for asking questions about firefighters’ rights to nationally mandated health care benefits in January 2021.

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