No DFR Breach When Fire Union Balances Competing Priorities Of Members

Craig Gault is a firefighter with the City of Portland, Oregon, and is a member of the bargaining unit rep­resented by the Portland Firefighters’ Association. In 2019, Gault became a Fire Investigator, a job that required specific training. Under Oregon law, Fire Investigators are a form of police officer, and carry firearms. Shortly before Gault became a Fire Investigator, the Association filed a grievance challenging the City’s change in…

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Corrections Union Loses Grievance By Failing To Follow Requirements Of Grievance Procedure

Local 1741 of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) represents corrections officers working for the federal Bureau of Prisons. In May 2016, AFGE notified the warden of a Bureau facility that it was grieving the Employer’s alleged failure to equitably distribute overtime among bargaining unit employees, attaching a draft grievance to its email. About a week later, the warden responded by stating that “the information you have provided…

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