Fla. City Can't Use Fiscal Emergency To Change Union Deal

Law360, Miami (January 8, 2014, 7:30 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court on Wednesday revived a firefighters union's unfair labor practice charge against the city of Hollywood, Fla., ruling that the city's declaration of a “financial urgency” did not authorize unilateral changes to a collective bargaining agreement.

Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal said that the Public Employees Relations Commission should not have dismissed Hollywood Fire Fighters Local 1375's unfair labor practice charge against the city, which, facing budget shortfalls in 2011 and 2012, made changes to the labor agreement after the parties reached...
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