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Firefighter Loses Claim Against Union

Brandon Santiago was a firefighter with the City of Villa Park in Illinois and was represented by Local 2392 of the IAFF. When he was fired, Santiago filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board alleging that Local 2392 breached its duty of fair representation towards him. In essence, Santiago claimed that Local 2392 failed to adequately represent him during an investigation into his on-duty…

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Bias And Disability Hearing Boards

Sara Naden is a lieutenant with the Sugar Grove, Illinois Fire Protection District. Naden testified that during her career, she was subjected to intense criticism, ridicule, and sexual harassment by her male coworkers – both her subordinates and her superiors. According to Naden, she had “crying spells” and “anxiety attacks” at work, and she “continually felt sick to her stomach.” On March 10, 2014, Naden sought treatment from her…

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Bias Of One Panel Member Taints Entire Decision-Making Process

Liam Sullivan was the Chief of the Town of Elsmere, Massachusetts Police Department. A panel consisting of the Town Council and the Mayor held a public hearing to decide on Sullivan’s employment future. Sullivan made a motion to disqualify one Council member – by the name of Jaremchuk – on the ground that a previous conflict between him and Sullivan tainted his impartiality. The Mayor denied the motion, the…

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