Youngstown Fire Union Hot Over Sick Policy

YOUNGSTOWN — The firefighters union has filed a lawsuit contending Youngstown officials refused to engage in arbitration after requiring its members who have workplace exposure to COVID-19 to quarantine and use sick time — even if they aren’t sick or show any signs of illness.

It’s the latest in a long list of disputes the union has with the city.

The union’s lawsuit states after the grievance was rejected by city officials, it sought to go to binding arbitration to resolve the issue. Daniel P. Dascenzo, city deputy law director who heard the grievance, on March 10 wrote in the denial that the union could refer to its contract “regarding its respective right to advance this matter to step 4 (arbitration) if it so chooses.”

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