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Findlay Firefighters take city to arbitration over layoffs

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The city of Findlay laid off 10 firefighters to save money and now the decision is heading to arbitration.

This has been an ongoing battle, this week city leaders in Findlay and members of the Firefighter's union are heading to arbitration.

The union is challenging the city's financial reasoning for the layoffs.

The Findlay courier reports the city initially planned to layoff 20 firefighters after the quarter percent income tax failed. After looking at the budget, the city reduced the number down to 10 but the union says the layoffs are "excessive."

On Friday morning, July12, both sides will meet and essentially present their case to an arbitrator.

The arbitrator then has 30 days to make a ruling on the issue and the decision is final.

The arbitration is part of the union's collective bargaining agreement and those proceedings are closed to the public.

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