Begging for layoff notices

Something you don’t hear too often: people pleading for layoff notices.

Three Stockton firefighters, who said they are among the 48 scheduled to be laid off under the city’s proposed “Plan B” budget, did just that tonight. The firefighters said they can’t be added to a statewide displaced firefighters list and compete for jobs at other agencies until the city issues the notices.

Click here to see the fire union’s letter sent to City Council members today, and here’s an earlier letter from the union’s lawyer making the request.

After one firefighter’s comments before closed session earlier tonight, City Manager Bob Deis told council members that the city can’t issue layoff notices until the union agrees to suspend the provision in its labor contract – which expires in two weeks – that requires minimum daily staffing. Back-filling vacancies and absences on overtime under that minimum staffing provision has been a concern of City Hall’s for some time.

Click here to see a copy of the city’s proposed layoff notice agreement provided by the union.

As the union’s letter notes, the union has agreed in negotiations not to demand minimum daily staffing in their new contract. Firefighters also said they have agreed not to file any unfair labor practice charges if layoff notices are issued (see an additional letter on this from the union’s lawyer here).

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